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Settlement Area Boundary Expansion (SABE)

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

The new Region of Peel Official Plan (RPOP) was adopted on April 28, 2022 and is currently awaiting Provincial approval.

The RPOP includes policies and mapping for the "2051 New Urban Area" which is based on the SABE study.

Other information

The purpose of the settlement area boundary expansion study was to:

  • 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.
  • Ensure consistency 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.
  • Develop policies for the Regional Official Plan to guide future land use planning.

Why did the Region complete this study?

The in-effect Regional Official Plan is based on growth to the year 2031.

The Provincial Growth Plan allocated population and employment forecasts to the Region and requires that Peel 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 was completed in 4 phases with public consultation in each phase:

Phase 1: Background

  • Data collection
  • Criteria setting
  • Consultation strategy
  • Identify focus study area

Phase 2: Technical studies

  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation
  • Health and public facilities
  • Heritage and archaeology
  • Commercial and employment
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Fiscal
  • Mineral aggregates
  • Climate change

Phase 3: Draft policies and mapping

  • Planning justification
  • Identify expansion areas
  • Complete more detailed analysis
  • Draft policies and mapping

Phase 4: Final Official Plan Amendment

  • Recommendation report
  • Final mapping and policies
  • Council adoption

The Initial Study Area for the Settlement Area Boundary Expansion (SABE) Study was 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, draft SABE 2051 mapping was identified and was refined through ongoing detailed technical analyses.

April 14, 2022 (deferred to April 28, 2022) Regional Council Report

See Reading Room

April 7, 2022 Planning and Growth Management Committee (PGMC) report

See Reading Room

February 3, 2022 Planning and Growth Management Committee (PGMC) Report

October 21, 2022 PGMC - Workshop

October 7, 2021 PGMC

June 17, 2021 PGMC

February 18, 2021 PGMC

December 10, 2020 Regional Council

February 27, 2020 Regional Council

All other presentations and reports to the Planning and Growth Management Committee related to Peel 2051 can be found on the Official Plan Review Reading Room webpage.

Comment & Request Responses

Rural Settlements Technical Memo (Hemson)

SABE Technical studies
Planning Justification Report, Fiscal Impact Analysis and Summaries of Technical Studies (Hemson)

Mineral Aggregate Resources Study (Planscape)

Agricultural Impact Assessment (Planscape)

Climate Change: Energy and Emissions Reductions Study (Laura Taylor Designs)

Cultural Heritage Assessment (ASI)

Stage 1 Archaeologic Assessment (ASI)

Employment and Commercial Opportunities Assessment (Cushman and Wakefield)

Community Health Assessment (SVN)

Public Facilities Assessment (Monteith Brown)

Transportation Assessment (Paradigm)

Water and Wastewater Assessment

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 was conducted in two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Environmental Screening undertakes 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

Note: These documents should not solely be used to support private applications under the Planning Act. Applicants are required to retain their own consultants who can use the information as a resource but must confirm the information through separate studies.

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