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July 26, 2004
CIP honours Niagara Escarpment Plan with Vision in Planning award
TORONTO, ONT-The Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) has received the 2004 Vision in Planning (ViP) award from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for its Niagara Escarpment Plan. The CIP recognized the Plan as Canada's first, large-scale environmental land use plan. By balancing protection, conservation and sustainable development, the Plan ensures that the internationally recognized Niagara Escarpment will endure substantially as a natural environment for future generations. "The Niagara Escarpment Plan demonstrates that the ideals of sustainability are within our reach. We can enjoy a healthy environment with clean air, clean water and productive land, in balance with compatible development and economic prosperity, when we make the choice to do so and stick with that choice," said NEC Chair Don Scott. The CIP was created in 1919 and is the national professional institute and certification body for some 6,300 professional planners throughout Canada. The Institute established its Vision in Planning Award in 2001 to recognize and highlight successful plans of a historical nature that have been thoroughly implemented and have demonstrably improved the quality of life for a Canadian community.