- What is a Secondary Plan?
- Secondary plans are part of the Official Plan. The Official Plan is the legal document guiding how all of Brampton grows and develops. Secondary plans guide how Official Plan policies are put in place for smaller areas of the City.
- Think of the Official Plan as the road map for all of Brampton. Secondary plan areas represent detailed plans for specific areas of the City – new communities, employment areas, older neighbourhoods and downtown. These plans provide more details on things like land use, community design, natural heritage, roads and parks.
- Why has this area taken so long to be developed?
- Several factors have delayed the development of the Heritage Heights Community. In 2006, pursuant to a settlement before the Ontario Municipal Board, a policy framework to protect shale resources within the Northwest Brampton Policy Area (NWBPA), otherwise known as Heritage Heights, was brought into force. The applicable policies included a moratorium on development within the NWBPA for 10 years.
- Since 2003, an interim Control by-law was in place to hold lands for a planned transportation corridor (GTA West Corridor). The province recently decided on a preferred technical alignment. Read more about the GTA West Corridor here: https://www.gta-west.com/
- How does the Brampton 2040 Vision relate to this project?
The Heritage Heights Community embodies the principles of the Brampton 2040 Vision. The following actions are directly implemented through the planning of this area:
- Action 2.3: Town Centres, and the establishment of vibrant mixed-use places to live, work, shop and play. : Greenfield Neighbourhood Co-design Service, calls for a collaborative approach to create new neighbourhoods on greenfield lands as models of comfortable, sustainable living
- Action 4-2: Complete Streets, calls for designing new Brampton streets to be people-friendly and environmental- friendly places
- What is a 20-minute Neighbourhood?
- A key city-building principle that has informed the planning of this area is the notion of complete communities and a 20-minute neighbourhood. Brampton’s Sustainable Community Development Guidelines lay the foundation for sustainable and walkable communities. The guidelines indicate that communities should be designed to allow residents to walk to daily needs, civic services, and higher order transit. Building off this model, the 20-minute neighbourhood concept allows future residents to accomplish most of their daily activities within a 20-minute walk, (or a walking distance of 1.5km) from where they live. Designing compact, mixed-use communities is key to being able to deliver complete 20-minute neighbourhoods.
- Is the Mega-mall still being planned at the North-West corner of Mississauga and Bovaird?
- Pursuant to an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) settlement OPA-101, Osmington Inc, the owners of the land are able to submit an application to the City to support the development of a regional shopping mall. No such application or supporting studies have been received by the City, yet.
- The North-west corner of Mississauga Road and Bovaird Drive are part of the Mount Pleasant Secondary Plan. Why are they being planned as part of Heritage Heights?
- Pursuant to a settlement of OPA-101 before the OMB, MCN Heathwood and the Osmington lands, were removed from the Huttonville North Secondary Plan (Area 52) and the Mount Pleasant West Secondary Plan (Area 53), together known as the Heritage Heights Secondary Planning Area and placed into the Mount Pleasant Secondary Plan (Area 51). OPA 101, contains policy direction for studies and form of development as pre-conditions to future development of the affected lands.
- While both the MCN Heathwood and Osmington lands are both technically part of the Mount Pleasant Secondary Plan, the lands will be planned congruently with the Heritage Heights Secondary Plan. This will ensure an integrated and comprehensive approach to the planning of the area.
- The province is planning a Highway through this area, how will this impact future communities?
- The Heritage Heights concept plan has departed from the vision for the provincially proposed GTA West Corridor. Instead, an urban boulevard will provide a major north/south transportation spine in a manner that is more compatible with the land use vision for the area. A highway will limit east/west connectivity within the community and severely impede its ability to become a vibrant and complete community and promote unwanted suburban sprawl
- Is a hospital being planned for this area?
- Based on past and recent conversations with members of the William Osler Health Network, there is a need for a future hospital site within the Heritage Heights Secondary Plan.
- In December 2019, Council passed a resolution recognizing the unique and urgent needs of Brampton’s health care system, including major funding gaps, long wait times, and hallway medicine. The resolution requested immediate action from all health care system providers.
- In January 2020, Brampton City Council unanimously passed a motion to declare a Health Care Emergency in Brampton.
- Is another GO Station being planned for this area?
The City is interested in pursuing a new GO station for the Heritage Heights community and will work with the Region and Metrolinx to promote that goal.
- Has the plan been finalized?
A concept plan has been developed to help guide the technical studies necessary to finalize the plan.
- Will there be more opportunities to participate?
Absolutely! Comments can be received at any time. If you have a specific question or comment, or would simply like to be added to the distribution list, please email Anand Balram, at email@example.com