Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area

The “made in Simcoe” amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, came into effect on January 19, 2012.  The development and implementation of Amendment 1 has and continues to be a shared effort among those who are interested in and concerned with the future of the region.  This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to protect the environment while creating jobs, attracting new investment and strengthening the economy in the Simcoe region.

Highway 400 is the Simcoe area’s most significant goods movement corridor and a key link in the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s transportation network.  The Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area, located along this highway, offers high potential to support the creation of high quality jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Determining the boundary and uses permitted in this employment area provides communities with planning certainty, supports local decision-making, unlocks planned projects and creates investment opportunities.

The details below are the result of extensive consultation on Proposed Amendment 1 with the affected municipalities, stakeholders, and other interested communities.  The Provincial Development Facilitator played a key role in helping to advise on how best to implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, in the Simcoe area.

Under the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, the Minister of Infrastructure has the authority to establish the boundaries and permitted uses of the economic employment districts.  Municipalities may request the Minister to consider a review of the boundary or the permitted uses by providing a detailed and complete written rationale outlining why the review is necessary. Should a request be made the Minister may further consult with affected municipalities, stakeholders and other interested communities.

By continuing to implement a shared vision for growth in Simcoe, the Province will help to ensure that the Simcoe area and the rest of the Greater Golden Horseshoe remain great places to live, work, play and invest in, long into the future.



The Location, Boundary of and Details Regarding the Permitted Uses in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, (“Growth Plan”) was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, which took effect on June 16, 2006. Amendment 1 (2012) to the Growth Plan, for the Simcoe Sub-area, was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 and came into effect on January 19, 2012.

This report contains the location, boundary of and details regarding the permitted uses in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area, issued by the Minister of Infrastructure on September 24, 2012 pursuant to policy 6.4.2 of the Growth Plan.

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area is identified and defined in the Growth Plan. For a copy of the Growth Plan or additional information, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Infrastructure toll-free at 1-888-668-4636, email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.placestogrow.ca.

Map Delineating the Location, Boundary of and Specific Areas within the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area:
Map Delineating the Location

 

Permitted uses, details regarding the specific areas set out on the map above, the mix and percentage of permitted uses, and lot sizes:

(Terms set out in italics are defined as set out below)

  1. The Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area is further subdivided into four Areas: A, B, C and D.

  2. The combined Areas B and C will be planned to include fourteen, 8ha minimum, lots and two, 20ha minimum, lots.

  3. The uses in Areas B and C will be allowed as follows:
    1. Employment-supportive uses in Area B will be permitted to a maximum of 8.5 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    2. Employment-supportive uses in Area C will be permitted to a maximum of 2.8 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    3. Office uses in the combined Areas B and C will be permitted to a maximum of 5.7 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
    4. Employment uses in the combined Areas B and C will be permitted to a minimum of 83 per cent of the combined net land area of Areas B and C.
  4. Employment-supportive uses will be planned to be compact in design and limited in scale to maintain the primary function and character of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area.

  5. Area A

    Permitted uses: Manufacturing, assembly, fabrication and processing of mechanical equipment, and warehousing. Ancillary uses: retail sales, cafeteria/restaurant, day care facility, equipment servicing areas, outdoor display of machinery, outdoor storage, test yard (sandbox/sandpit) for testing equipment, training facilities, administration office and parking.

  6. Area B
    1. Permitted employment uses: Distribution centre, food processing, manufacturing, research facility including laboratory, warehouse, and training facility. Data centre if total gross floor area is less than 10,000 m2. Ancillary office. Ancillary retail sales with a maximum of 10 per cent of the gross floor area of the total gross floor area of the building or structure.
    2. Permitted office uses: To a maximum gross floor area of 10,000 m2.
    3. Permitted employment-supportive uses: Automobile service station, bank, convenience store, day care facility, fitness centre, food store to a maximum gross floor area of 600 m2 (the maximum aggregate gross floor area of all food stores shall not exceed 1,200 m2), hotel (including ancillary banquet and convention facilities) to a maximum gross floor area of 8,000 m2, machinery and equipment sales and rental, personal service shop, restaurant, retail establishment (to a maximum gross floor area of 3,500 m2 per retail establishment), service shop and private training centre.
    4. Other permitted uses: Existing uses, parks and open space, and public uses.

  7. Area C
    1. Permitted employment uses: Distribution centre, food processing, manufacturing, outdoor storage as an accessory use, research facility including laboratory, warehouse, and training facility. Data centre if total gross floor area is less than 7,500m2. Ancillary office. Ancillary retail sales with a maximum of 10 per cent of the gross floor area of the total gross floor area of the building or structure.
    2. Permitted office uses: To a maximum gross floor area of 7,500 m2.
    3. Permitted employment supportive uses: Automobile service station, bank, convenience store, day care facility, fitness centre, machinery and equipment sales and rental, personal service shop, restaurant, service shop and private training centre.
    4. Other permitted uses: Parks and open space and public uses.

  8. Area D

    Permitted uses: Agricultural uses, agricultural-related uses and secondary uses, single dwelling, home occupation, seasonal farm product sales outlet and existing uses.

  9. Environmental Protection Area

    Permitted uses: Conservation and management of plants and wildlife; flood and erosion control; open space and walking, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails. Open space and walking, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails are not permitted in Area D.

  10. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area as set out in the definition of Strategic Settlement Employment Areas in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

  11. Definitions of these terms apply to the Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area

      Agricultural uses: means the growing of crops, including nursery and horticultural crops; raising of livestock; raising of other animals for food, fur or fibre, including poultry and fish; aquaculture; apiaries; agro-forestry; maple syrup production; and associated on-farm buildings and structures, including accommodation for full-time farm labour when the size and nature of the operation requires additional employment. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

      Agricultural-related uses: means those farm-related commercial and farm-related industrial uses that are small scale and directly related to the farm operation and are required in close proximity to the farm operation. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

      Ancillary: means a use incidental, subordinate and exclusively devoted to the principal use of the lot and buildings thereon, located on the same lot.

      Data Centre: shall mean premises used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems, and may generally include redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices. Office uses are limited to those permitted by the definition of ancillary office use.

      Laboratory: means a building, or part thereof, used for scientific, medical and/ or dental testing, experimentation and/or research.

      Machinery and Equipment Sales and Rental: means premises in which industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment are offered or kept for sale, rent, lease, or hire.

      Office: shall mean premises that, in the ordinary course of business, provide services directly to uses, or for the management, design and/or creation of the uses, which are permitted within industrial areas such as business or professional services including but not limited to management, architectural, engineering, town planning, land surveying, industrial design and/or interior design services and other professional services.

      Private Training Centre: means a building or place where training in trade skills or other employment related skills is provided for compensation.

      Public Use: means uses that are owned or leased by a public authority for community, recreational, administrative, educational, health care, protection, utility or other governmental purposes, and includes accessory uses to public use.

      Research Facility: means a building or part of a building in which are located facilities for scientific research, investigation, testing, experimentation and product development including a laboratory.

      Retail Establishment: means a building or place where goods or materials are sold or kept for sale to the general public.

      Service Shop: means premises for the servicing, repairing or renting of machinery, equipment, articles, goods or materials but shall not include any form of vehicles or boats.

      Secondary Uses: means uses secondary to the principal use of the property, including but not limited to, home occupations, home industries, and uses that produce value-added agricultural products from the farm operation on the property. (Provincial Policy Statement, 2005)

      Training Facility: means a building or campus operated by a college, university or similar institution which provides postsecondary school training focused on supporting industrial operations permitted as Employment Uses by re-training and education in trades, apprenticeships, or other similar skills development.

  12. Definitions from the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

      Strategic Settlement Employment Areas: to be planned and protected for employment uses that require large lots of land and depend upon efficient movement of goods and access to Highway 400. These are not settlement areas*. Major retail and residential uses are not permitted.

      * Settlement Areas are defined in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

      Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area: location set out in Schedule 8. The Bradford West Gwillimbury Strategic Settlement Employment Area boundary is determined by the Minister of Infrastructure and planned for in accordance with policy 6.4.

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