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Growth management

We are reviewing and updating the policies in the Regional Official Plan that manage how and where Peel grows.

The Growth Management Focus Area is guided by an exercise to determine where and how new population and employment growth will be accommodated in an integrative manner that promotes healthy, complete, and livable communities. The key outcomes of the focus area are to:

In August, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released Amendment #1 and Land Needs Methodology to A Place to Grow – Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2019, which included draft population and employment forecasts to 2051. These changes are intended to provide municipalities with more flexibility to respond to demographic, employment, market demand, and housing affordability trends in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

Other information

As part of the June 25, 2020 Peel council report, 2041 Regional Official Plan Review update to Regional Council, a Growth Management Policy Directions Report was prepared. The Growth Management Policy Directions Report to provide background information on policy issues and updates necessary to reflect the latest Provincial policy direction and conformity. The report provides background information and recommendations that will inform the Regional Official Plan policies regarding regional on growth management and the allocation of population and employment growth across the Region

Growth Management Policy Directions Report and Appendices
Draft Growth Management Employment Policies in Proposed ROP Section 5.7 and 5.8

On February 27, 2020 an Employment Policies and Trends Overview Report was presented to Regional Council to provide an overview of the employment planning policy framework in Peel and trends that will guide updated employment policies as a part of Peel 2041 Regional Council also received an update on the new Growth Plan 2019, Provincially Significant Employment Zones (PSEZ) framework. The PSEZ are lands identified by the minister for the purpose of long-term employment land protection, job creation, and economic development.

On October 26, 2017, Regional Council directed staff to proceed to a statutory public meeting and open houses on the Growth Management draft Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA).

The scheduled Public Meeting was cancelled due to Provincial policy changes though previous consultation materials are also available for reference:

Based on the 2017 draft policies, the following table addresses all comments and formal submissions received from stakeholders and members of the public between January 2015 and December 2018:

Many of these comments and responses were provided under an old Provincial planning and policy framework, prior to the Provincial changes.

Feasibility Assessment - July 2020

As part of the supporting information for the 2017 Draft Growth Management ROPA, the 2017 Region of Peel Employment Strategy Discussion Paper recommended implementation strategies to achieve 2041 employment targets. One strategy included investigating whether it would be feasible to incentivize major office employment development through a Regional community improvement plan.

Community improvement plans are tools municipalities can use to develop a comprehensive plan for community improvement within a predefined area. The Regional Official Plan currently permits community improvement plans or strategies to be implemented. Incentives associated with a community improvement plan may be one factor contributing to encouraging office development to locate in Peel. Regional Council directed staff to develop recommendations to establish an incentives program which utilizes Tax Increment Equivalent Grants via Resolution 2020-633.

A feasibility assessment was prepared and staff recommended that the Region not implement a Regional community improvement plan, but further review supporting and leveraging the local municipal community improvement plans for major office development.

Regional Major Office Incentives Program – April 2021

Regional staff worked with a consultant to review best practices of other municipalities which implement Tax Increment Equivalent Grants (TIEG) incentives. By using this information and working with local municipal partners, staff have proposed a Regional Major Office Incentives Program to provide TIEGs to major office developments of approximately 1,858 square metres (20,000 square feet) and above, subject to eligibility criteria. Proposed program details, case studies, and financial implications are outlined in the Regional Major Office Incentives Program report to Regional Council.

Supporting documents

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Growth Management in the Region of Peel. Below, you will find several related topic areas and key fact summaries to help you navigate and learn more about this focus area.

For more information, email Regional Planning or call (905) 791-7800 ext. 7169.