Peel 2041: Provincial Drivers
The main Provincial drivers affecting Peel 2041: Regional Official Plan Review are:
Places to Grow: Amendment 2 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
On June 17, 2013 the Province of Ontario released Amendment 2 to the Places to Grow, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (Amendment 2). The amendment updated the population and employment forecasts within the Places to Grow, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (Growth Plan) for 2031, 2036 and 2041.
The original Growth Plan, was prepared and approved under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, and took effect on June 16, 2006. It is a framework for implementing the Government of Ontario's vision for building stronger, prosperous communities by better managing growth to previously 2031 and beyond. Amendment 2 extended the population and employment forecasts to 2041 and revised the 2031 forecasts to reflect on the ground growth while leaving the existing policies unchanged. The following are the key policy directions found within the Growth Plan:
- Growth forecasts;
- Intensification policies and targets (40 per cent for built areas); and
- Density targets (200 persons and jobs per hectare) for urban growth centres (which includes downtown Brampton and the Mississauga City Centre) and greenfield areas (a combined density of 50 residents and jobs per hectare).
Below are the updated forecasts for Peel Region:
|Distribution of Population and Employment for the
Greater Golden Horseshoe to 2041
|Region of Peel
Source: Excerpt from Amendment 2 to Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, SCHEDULE 3 Distribution of Population and Employment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe to 2041
Amendment 2 updated the 2031 target, but the original 2031 target still applies in some circumstances. Planning applications received on or after June 16, 2006 but before June 17, 2013 will use the 2031A numbers, and planning applications received after June 17, 2013 will use the 2031B numbers for population and employment.
Provincial Policy Statement - Five Year Review
The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 (PPS) is issued under the authority of Section 3 of the Planning Act and came into effect on
April 30, 2014, replacing the PPS, 2005. Key changes to the PPS are in the areas of Healthy, Active Communities; Northern and Rural Communities; Economy and Employment; Infrastructure; Servicing (Sewage and Water); Climate Change; Natural Heritage and Water; and Agriculture.
The PPS is a key component of Ontario's planning system as it sets policy direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning, growth management, environmental protection, and public health and safety; and aims to provide a stronger policy framework that guides communities in Ontario toward a higher quality of life and a better long-term future.
The PPS establishes the Region's role in planning for growth, intensification and redevelopment. New settlement area policies will only permit expansions where it is demonstrated that opportunities for growth are not available through intensification, redevelopment or in designated areas. The PPS also requires municipalities to co-ordinate and provide direction that cross municipal boundaries, such as natural heritage systems and resource management. It provides the context for the Region's participation in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Clean Water Act, 2006
The Clean Water Act, 2006 is the Province's source water protection legislation that responds to recommendations from the Part Two Report of the Walkerton Inquiry recommending that drinking water supplies be protected at source. To ensure protection of drinking water resources a Source Protection Plan must be prepared for each Source Protection Area. Peel Region has two areas: Credit Valley/Toronto Region/Central Lake Ontario Region and Halton-Hamilton Region.
Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008
The Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008 provides the legislative framework for protecting the Lake Simcoe watershed. The Act requires the Regional Official Plan to be revised to conform to policies in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, June 2009.
Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011
The Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011 amended various Acts, including the Planning Act. The Planning Act now requires municipalities to amend their official plans to include policies to permit second units.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) does not require municipal official plans to be amended to specifically reflect regulations issued under AODA, but the Planning Act lists accessibility as a matter of provincial interest and it is expected that local planning approvals will require compliance with the AODA's Integrated Accessibility Standards.
The current Peel Region Official Plan has good accessibility policy coverage under the housing, transportation system, parkland, open space and trails, and human services sections. Accessibility policies within the Peel Region Official Plan will be reviewed, updated and/or clarified, as necessary, to ensure that policy direction and terminology are current and up to date.