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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

Updates on items related to the Growth Management Focus Area have been provided to Regional Council and the Planning and Growth Management Committee (PGMC) throughout 2021. These reports and presentations are provided for reference below:

  • February 18, 2021 - Growth Management Focus Area Update (Presentation to PGMC)
  • April 22, 2021 – Regional Major Office Incentives Program (Report to Regional Council)
  • April 29, 2021 – Land Needs Assessment and Intensification Analysis (Presentation to PGMC)
  • June 17, 2021 – Land Needs Assessment Report Update (Report and Presentation to PGMC)
  • On the June 17, 2021 Planning and Growth Management Committee agenda a number of key technical components of the growth management focus area were presented in the Land Needs Assessment Report Update. The Land Needs Assessment Report Update provides information on a balanced approach to accommodate growth to 2051 and continues to demonstrate the need for settlement area boundary expansion to support a mix of housing options and employment types. Supporting technical studies include:

    • Appendix I – Intensification Analysis: 2051 Addendum
    • Appendix II – Region of Peel Vacant and Underutilized Employment Land Inventory
    • Appendix III – Employment Strategy Discussion Paper: 2051 Addendum
    • Appendix IV – Region of Peel Preliminary Employment Conversion Analysis

    The land needs assessment and the supporting technical documents will continue to be revised with updates presented in Fall 2021. All other presentations and reports to the Planning and Growth Management Committee related to Peel 2041+ can be found on the Peel 2041+ Reading Room webpage.

    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.

    As part of the supporting information for the Draft Growth Management ROPA, the 2017 Region of Peel Employment Strategy Discussion Paper (and the Addendum for Planning to 2051)recommended implementation strategies to achieve employment targets. One strategy included investigating whether it would be feasible to incentivize major office employment development. On April 22, 2021, Regional Council approved a Regional Major Office Incentives Program to provide Tax Increment Equivalent Grants (TIEGs) to major office developments of approximately 1,858 square metres (20,000 square feet) and above, subject to eligibility criteria. The program details, project history, case studies, and financial implications are outlined on the Regional Major Office Incentives Program webpage and the April 22, 2021 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.