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Settlement Area Boundary Expansion

The Peel 2051 process will identify locations for settlement area boundary expansions to accommodate employment and community (residential) growth.

We're updating the Regional Official Plan (ROP).

The current ROP includes policies and mapping that guide growth in Peel to the year 2031.

After accounting for intensification opportunities across Peel, there will be a need for new settlement boundary expansion lands to accommodate population and employment growth in the Town of Caledon.

Hemson Consulting has been retained to project manage the overall Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Study, however a number of technical studies will also be undertaken by consultants that specialize in each study area.

September 2021 update: See below under the Reports, Technical Studies and Other Documents tab for the latest updates.

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The settlement area boundary expansion study:

  • Will determine the appropriate location(s) for the additional community and employment lands in the Town of Caledon, based on the results of a number of technical studies.
  • Will be consistent with the policy requirements of the Provincial Growth Plan, Provincial Greenbelt Plan, other applicable Provincial Plans, the ROP, and strategic priorities related to managing growth.

The key objectives of the settlement area boundary expansion study are to:

  • Identify the location of future settlement area boundary expansions to accommodate community (residential) and employment growth to 2051 and beyond.
  • Include policies in the Regional Official Plan to guide future land use planning.
  • Facilitate broad consultation throughout the process, including but not limited to local municipal partners, stakeholders, community groups, Indigenous communities and the public.

    The current Regional Official Plan is based on growth to the year 2031.

    The Provincial Growth Plan allocates population and employment forecasts to the Region and requires that we undertake a municipal comprehensive review to plan for growth to 2051*.

    A Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Study is one of the studies that must be conducted as part of the Region's Municipal Comprehensive Review.

    *In August, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released the Amendment #1 and Land Needs Methodology to A Place to Grow – Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2019, which included 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).

The study will be conducted in 4 phases with public consultation opportunities included in each phase:

Phase 1: Background

Phase 2: Technical studies (Completed)

Phase 3: Draft policies and mapping (Complete)

  • Draft Conceptual SABE 2051 Boundary map (PDF) (Updated February 2021 only to reflect ROPA 30 LPAT Settlement and Approved ROPA 34)
  • Rural Settlements Technical Memorandum: Hemson Consulting (PDF) (Dec 2020)
    • Presentation from meeting on Rural Settlements with stakeholders requesting to expand Rural Settlement boundaries in the Greenbelt Plan Area (Feb 2020)
  • Rural Settlements Technical Memorandum with recommendations: Hemson Consulting (Sep 2021)
  • Planning Justification for Dec 2020 Draft Conceptual SABE Part 1: Hemson Consulting (Dec 2020)
  • Planning Justification for Sept 2020 Draft SABE and Fiscal Impact Assessment Part 2: Hemson Consulting (Sep 2021)
  • Draft Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Policies (Jun 2021)
  • Water Wastewater Assessment: GM BluePlan Engineering (Jul 2021)
  • Transportation Assessment: Paradigm Consulting Group (Sep 2021)
  • Agricultural Impact Assessment: Planscape (Sep 2021)
  • Draft recommended Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Map for public consultation: Region of Peel Staff (Sep 2021)

Phase 4: Final Official Plan Amendment (In Progress)

  • Recommendation report
  • Final mapping and policies
  • Council adoption

The Initial Study Area (PDF) for the Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Study is the agricultural and rural area in in the Town of Caledon.

The Initial Study Area was refined from the entire agricultural and rural area in Caledon to a Focus Study Area based on a number of criteria.

Based on the results of the completed technical studies, a draft conceptual SABE 2051 boundary has been identified will continue to be refined through ongoing detailed analysis.

Following this detailed analysis, the recommended SABE with rationale and policies will be presented to Regional Council for adoption.

Fall 2021 Study Updates

October 7, 2021 Planning & Growth Management Committee (PGMC) Report

Peel 2051 Draft Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Update and Revised Mapping Report

Comment & Request Responses

Additional Mapping

Additional Technical Work

Summer 2021 Study Updates

June 17, 2021 Planning & Growth Management Committee

Winter 2021 Study Updates

February 18, 2021 Planning & Growth Management Committee

February 9, 2021 Consultations

A meeting on Rural Settlements with stakeholders requesting to expand Rural Settlement boundaries in the Greenbelt Plan Area.

2020 Study Updates

December 2020 Study Updates

June 2020 Study Updates

February 2020 Study Updates

Environmental Screening Report and Scoped Subwatershed Study

The Region retained a consultant team led by Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions to undertake an Environmental Screening and Scoped Subwatershed Study as part of the Settlement Area Boundary Expansion Study. Other consultants working on the Environmental Screening and Scoped Subwatershed Study include:

  • Ecology and Natural Heritage: (1) North South Environmental, and (2) Dougan and Associates
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat: C. Portt and Associates
  • Groundwater, Hydrogeology and Streamwater Morphology: (1) Matrix Solutions and (2) Bill Blackport and Associates

The Environmental Screening and Scoped Subwatershed Study will be conducted in two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Environmental Screening conducts and documents an environmental screening evaluation for the initial study area
  • Phase 2 – Scoped Subwatershed Study includes an inventory of the natural environment, assesses the impact of development and provides recommendations to ensure the natural environment is protected

The Scoped Subwatershed Study has three parts:

  • Part A – Characterization
  • Part B – Impact Assessment
  • Part C – Implementation Plan

Environmental Screening and Scoped Subwatershed Study Documents by Study Phase

Phase 1 – Environmental Screening
Phase 2 – Scoped Subwatershed Study

Part A – Characterization

Part B – Impact Assessment

Part C – Implementation Plan

As completed to date, the Part A, B and C reports are final drafts and feedback will continue to be received in 2021 prior to finalization of the comprehensive report in early-2022.

Note: Any documents in draft form can not be used to support private applications under the Planning Act. Applicants will be required to retain their own consultants that can use the draft information as a resource but must confirm the information through separate studies.

For more information, email Regional Planning or call 437-218-7724.