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Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Fall 2008




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Province of Ontario

Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
Office of the Deputy Premier

4th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto ON M7A 2E1
Tel: 416 325-6758
Fax: 416 325-6754
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Ministère de l'Énergie et de l'Infrastructure
Cabinet du Vice premier-ministre

Édifice Hearst, 4e étage
900, rue Bay
Toronto ON M7A 2E1
Tél: 416 325-6758
Téléc: 416 325-6754
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Dear Colleagues:

The McGuinty government established the Places to Grow initiative to manage growth in the province and to ensure Ontario is healthy, safe and livable. We want vibrant and complete communities that have the right mix of housing, jobs and services, are easy to get around in and are home to people engaged in building a sustainable and prosperous future for themselves, their families and their neighbours.

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006, which took effect on June 16, 2006, was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005.

I am pleased to issue the report Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The report has been prepared in accordance with Policy 2.2.4.2 of the Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. The approximate size and location of each urban growth centre has been determined in consultation with affected municipalities, stakeholders, other interested communities and the public in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

Considerable effort, dedication and expertise were put into this initiative not only by my ministry staff, but also by our partner municipalities, partner ministries, stakeholders and independent experts.

The report outlines the relevant policies in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which relate to urban growth centres and provides maps depicting the size and location of the 25 urban growth centres in the GGH, for use in implementing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. This report and other information and tools related to implementing the Growth Plan can be found at
www.placestogrow.ca.

Sincerely,

Image of former Deputy Premier and former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smithermans signature.

George Smitherman
Deputy Premier, Minister


SECTION 1.   Introduction

Places to Grow – Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

On June 16, 2006, the Government of Ontario released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. It was prepared under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, as part of the Places to Grow initiative to plan for healthy and prosperous communities throughout Ontario.1

Figure 1 below shows the extent of the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan area.

Map showing the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan Area. This area is comprised of 21 upper- and single-tier municipalities that include the Region of Niagara, Haldimand County, City of Hamilton, County of Brant, City of Brantford, Region of Waterloo, County of Wellington, City of Guelph, Region of Halton, County of Dufferin, Region of Peel, County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Region of York, City of Toronto, Region of Durham, City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Peterborough, City of Peterborough and County of Northumberland. The Growth Plan Area is defined by Ontario Regulation 416/05.

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 aims to:

  • Revitalize downtowns to become vibrant centres;
  • Create complete communities that offer more options for living, working, shopping, and playing;
  • Provide greater choice in housing types to meet the needs of people at all stages of life;
  • Curb sprawl and protect farmland and green spaces; and
  • Reduce traffic gridlock by improving access to a greater range of transportation choices.

The Growth Plan identifies twenty-five existing or emerging downtown areas as urban growth centres and establishes policies and minimum density targets to encourage intensification and downtown revitalization. This report contains the maps depicting the size and location of each urban growth centre, except Downtown Brantford. Given the ongoing legal matters, claims and assertions within Brantford, the urban growth centre remains as proposed in the Technical Paper of Spring 2008.

This report has been prepared pursuant to policies 2.2.4.2 and 5.3.3 of the Growth Plan. The Province worked with municipal governments to develop a set of guiding principles to be used in delineating the size and location of each urban growth centre. The principles, combined with feedback and advice from municipalities, helped to inform the development of the proposed boundaries that were depicted in the Proposed Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Technical Paper released in Spring 2008. Refinements and corrections proposed by municipalities and members of the public provided important input into the size and location of urban growth centres contained in this report.

1It is important to note that the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005, other provincial plans, and related provincial acts and policies must be read in conjunction with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.


SECTION 2.   Urban Growth Centres and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

Figure 2 below shows the urban growth centres identified in Schedule 4 of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.

Map showing conceptually the 25 Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshow Growth Plan Area. The Urban Growth Centres shown are Downtown St. Catharines, Downtown Brantford, Downtown Cambridge, Downtown Kitchener, Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Guelph, Downtown Hamilton, Downtown Burlington, Midtown Oakville, Downtown Milton, Mississauga City Centre, Downtown Brampton, Etobicoke Centre, Downtown Toronto, Yonge-Eglinton Centre, North York Centre, Scarborough Centre, Vaughan Corporate Centre, Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway, Markham Centre, Downtown Pickering, Downtown Oshawa, Downtown Barrie, Newmarket Centre and Downtown Peterborough.

Urban Growth Centre Policies

Selected Growth Plan policies on urban growth centres are provided below:

Policy 2.2.4

  1. Urban growth centres for the Greater Golden Horseshoe are identified in Schedule 4 of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006.
  2. The Minister of Energy and Infrastructure2, in consultation with municipalities that have urban growth centres, will determine the approximate size and location of the urban growth centres.
  3. Municipalities will delineate the boundaries of urban growth centres in their official plans.
  4. Urban growth centres will be planned –
    1. as focal areas for investment in institutional and region-wide public services, as well as commercial, recreational, cultural and entertainment uses
    2. to accommodate and support major transit infrastructure
    3. to serve as high density major employment centres that will attract provincially, nationally or internationally significant employment uses
    4. to accommodate a significant share of population and employment growth.
  5. Urban growth centres will be planned to achieve, by 2031 or earlier, a minimum gross density target of –
    1. 400 residents and jobs combined per hectare for each of the urban growth centres in the City of Toronto
    2. 200 residents and jobs combined per hectare for each of the Downtown Brampton, Downtown Burlington, Downtown Hamilton, Downtown Milton, Markham Centre, Mississauga City Centre, Newmarket Centre, Midtown Oakville, Downtown Oshawa, Downtown Pickering, Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway, Vaughan Corporate Centre, Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo urban growth centres
    3. 150 residents and jobs combined per hectare for each of the Downtown Barrie, Downtown Brantford, Downtown Cambridge, Downtown Guelph, Downtown Peterborough and Downtown St. Catharines urban growth centres.
  6. If at the time this Plan comes into effect, an urban growth centre is already planned to achieve, or has already achieved, a gross density that exceeds the minimum density target established in Policy 2.2.4.5, this higher density will be considered the minimum density target for that urban growth centre.

Policy 5.3.3

The Minister of Energy and Infrastructure will work with other Ministers of the Crown, municipalities and other stakeholders on key pieces of further analysis, in order to implement the Growth Plan, including the determination of the approximate size and location of the urban growth centres.

It is important to note that municipalities, when implementing these policies, consider the entirety of the Growth Plan including the policies on cultural heritage protection, open space, design of public realm, appropriate transition of built form to adjacent areas, and transportation. It is expected that in delineating the precise boundaries of the urban growth centres in their official plans, municipalities will adhere to and will make only minor necessary adjustments to the size and location in this report.

Where urban growth centre boundaries have yet to be identified in a municipal official plan, the policies of the Growth Plan, including the urban growth centres, apply. Additionally, the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005, other provincial plans, and related provincial acts and policies must be read in conjunction with the Growth Plan.

2 The responsibilities of the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal are now the responsibilities of the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure pursuant to OIC 1617/2008.

SECTION 3.   Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

The following size and location mapping is being released for use in implementing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. The urban growth centre identification does not confer a land use designation. Any development on lands within the urban growth centre boundary is still subject to the applicable provincial plans and relevant provincial and municipal land use planning policies and approval processes.

Note that maps are shown at different scales:

  • Urban growth centres that will be planned to achieve 150 residents and jobs per hectare are presented at a scale of 1:25,000.
  • Urban growth centres that will be planned to achieve 200 residents and jobs per hectare are presented at a scale of 1:30,000.
  • Urban growth centres that will be planned to achieve 400 residents and jobs per hectare are presented at a scale of 1:40,000.

The information displayed in illustrations and base maps in this document has been compiled from various sources, may not accurately reflect approved land-use and planning boundaries, may not be to scale, and may be out of date. The Province of Ontario assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequences of any use made of these illustrations and maps.

First Nations lands are not subject to Ontario's land use planning system and First Nations reserve lands are not in the Growth Plan area.

Downtown Barrie Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Barrie Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Bradford Street and Burton Avenue.

Downtown Brampton Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Brampton Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Queen and Main Streets.

Proposed Downtown Brantford Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Proposed Downtown Brantford Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Market and Dalhousie Streets.

Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Burlington Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Brant Street and Lakeshore Road.

Downtown Cambridge Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Cambridge Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Water and Concession Streets.

Downtown Guelph Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Guelph Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Wyndham and Woolwich Streets.

Downtown Hamilton Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Hamilton Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of James and King Streets.

Downtown Kitchener Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Kitchener Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of King and Queen Streets.

Markham Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Markham Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Warden Avenue and Highway 7.

Downtown Milton Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Milton Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Ontario and Main Streets.

Mississauga City Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Mississauga City Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street.

Newmarket Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Newmarket Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Davis Drive and Yonge Street.

Midtown Oakville Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Midtown Oakville Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Cornwall and Trafalgar Roads.

Downtown Oshawa Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Oshawa Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Simcoe and Bond Streets.

Downtown Peterborough Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Peterborough Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of George and Charlotte Streets.

Downtown Pickering Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown Pickering Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Highway 401 and Liverpool Road.

Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Highway 7 between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue.

Downtown St. Catharines Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Downtown St. Catharines Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Geneva and King Streets.

Toronto: Downtown Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Toronto: Downtown Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Yonge and Queen Streets.

Toronto: Etobicoke City Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Toronto: Etobicoke City Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street West.

Toronto: North York Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Toronto: North York Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street.

Toronto: Scarborough Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Toronto: Scarborough Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of McCowan and Ellesmere Roads.

Toronto: Yonge-Eglinton Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Toronto: Yonge-Eglinton Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.

Vaughan Corporate Centre Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Vaughan Corporate Centre Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of Jane Street and Highway 7.

Uptown Waterloo Urban Growth Centre

Map of the approximate size and location of the Uptown Waterloo Urban Growth Centre in the vicinity of King and Erb Streets.

Get Involved

For more information on urban growth centres or the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, please visit the Places to Grow website at www.placestogrow.ca or call our toll-free line at 1-866-479-9781. You can also write to us at:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
777 Bay St., 4th Floor, Suite 425
Toronto, ON, M5G 2E5
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Fax: 416-325-7405

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