Designated Greenfield Area Density
We measure progress towards long-term outcomes by tracking key indicators for the Peel community.
Why is this important?
- "Greenfield development" projects are ones where new businesses, homes, or other facilities are built from scratch on land that hasn't been developed before.
- Developable land is a scarce resource, so Ontario encourages higher density in Designated Greenfield Areas.
- Consistent with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe,1 The Region of Peel plans to achieve densities of 50 residents and jobs per hectare across the Region by 2031.
How is this measured?
- Designated Greenfield Area densities are measured by counting the number of people and jobs in a "developable" hectare.
- Parks, storm water management systems, and roadways are not included in this measurement.
What progress are we making?
- Greenfield densities are increasing in Caledon and Mississauga, but appear to be unchanged in Brampton and for Peel Region.
- To meet Peel's density target of 50 residents and jobs per hectare by 2031, Greenfield densities in residential and commercial developments must continue to increase.
- Low–density employment uses are more likely to locate in designated Greenfield areas, and will make it harder to meet Peel's overall density targets.
1Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. https://www.placestogrow.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=420&Itemid=12