Settlement Area Boundary Expansion
The Peel 2041+ 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.
December 2020 update: See below under the Reports, Technical Studies and Other Documents tab for the latest December 2020 Updates
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 2041 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 A: Background (Completed)
- Data collection
- Criteria setting
- Consultation strategy
- Identify focus study area
Phase B: Technical studies (Completed)
- Water and wastewater
- Health and public facilities
- Heritage and archaeology
- Commercial and employment
- Mineral aggregates
- Climate change
Phase C: Draft policies and mapping (Underway)
- 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 (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.
Settlement Area Boundary Expansion
December 2020 Study Updates
- Summary of final technical studies and draft conceptual SABE with rationale
- Draft conceptual SABE 2051 boundary map
- Rural settlements technical memorandum
- Summary of SABE related consultations
- Final preliminary agricultural impact assessment planscape
- Final climate change study: Laura Taylor Designs
- Final cultural heritage assessment: ASI
- Final stage 1 archaeologic assessment: ASI
- Final employment and commercial study: Cushman and Wakefield
- Fiscal impact technical study update: Hemson
- Final health assessment: SvN
- Final public facilities: Monteith Brown
- Final initial Transportation assessment (Part 1): Paradigm
- Final preliminary Water and Wastewater assessment (Part 1): Region of Peel Staff
- Final mineral aggregate resources screening
June 2020 Study Updates
February 2020 Study Updates
- Settlement area boundary expansion fact sheet
- Focus study area criteria (PDF)
- Focus study area report (PDF)
- Focus study area map (PDF)
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: Matrix Solutions and 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 (PDF). A draft of the Ph. 1 - Environmental Screening report is available below.
Phase 2. Scoped Subwatershed Study – Phase 2 is just beginning and is being undertaken on the Focus Study Area. The 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
- and Part C – Implementation Plan.
Draft Environmental Screening Report and Scoped Subwatershed Study Preliminary Drafts
- Draft Environmental Screening Report: Consulting Team Led by Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions
Note: this study is still in draft
- Scoped Subwatershed Study, Part A – Existing Conditions and Characterization (Preliminary Draft): Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions
- Appendix A – Focus Study Area Constraints (zip file)
- Appendix B – Data & Information Tracking (PDF)
- Appendix C – Groundwater (zip file)
- Appendix D – Surface Water (zip file)
- Appendix E – Stream Systems (PDF)
- Appendix F – Terrestrial and Natural Heritage Systems (zip file)
- Appendix G – Geotechnical (zip file)
- Scoped Subwatershed Study, Part B – Detailed Studies and Impact Assessment (Preliminary Draft): Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions
- Appendix A – Surface Water (zip file)
- Appendix B – Ground Water (coming soon)
- Appendix C – Stream Systems (coming soon)
- Appendix D – Geotechnical (PDF)
- Appendix E – Natural Heritage System (zip file)
- Appendix F – Detailed Subwatershed Study Terms of Reference (PDF)
- Appendix G – Excerpts from Part A Characterization Report (zip file)
As completed to date, the Part A and Part B reports are preliminary drafts.
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.
- Age-friendly planning
- Aggregates resources and excess soil
- Agriculture and rural systems
- Climate change
- Greenlands system
- Growth management
- Health and the built environment
- Major transit station areas
- Other focus areas (including cultural heritage, Indigenous engagement and waste management)
- Provincial Greenbelt plans (including Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan)
- Settlement area boundary expansion
- Wildland fires
- Water resources