Employment

Employment Land Policy Review

Employment lands are places where people work, such as: industrial, warehousing and distribution, manufacturing and processing facilities as well as major office. Employment lands are needed to boost opportunities for residents to work in Brampton, maintain a healthy tax base, and make Brampton a balanced and complete community.

We need to plan for future employment areas in Brampton and protect the current supply of employment lands. Are the employment lands in the right location to accommodate Brampton’s employment needs?

The City needs to implement policies in its Official Plan to attract and retain employment uses. The main goal of the Employment Policy Review is to produce a policy framework and strategies that will make Brampton the preferred choice in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for employment land uses.

The Employment Land Policy Review will:

  • update the City’s inventory of vacant employment land
  • identify policies, land use designations, and implementation tools to help the City’s long-term vision for viable, prosperous and higher value employment uses of a superior design
  • recommend a mix of planning and economic policies that are grounded in sustainability and promote strong employment growth across the city

This work will be supported by the Office Strategy Study, which will provide input into the broader Employment Land Policy Review.

The City has retained Hemson Consulting Ltd. to complete the Employment Land Policy Review.

Please click here to review the presentation by Hemson to the March 2017 stakeholders meeting, which speaks to the goal of the employment lands, reviews the existing employment designations and addresses the proposed Growth Plan updates. Staff will continue working on the Official Plan Review in conjunction with the development of the Planning Vision. There will be engagement sessions in the Fall and opportunities to provide input on the employment policies.

Stay tuned for public engagement opportunities!

For more information, please contact:
Claudia LaRota, MCIP, RPP
Policy Planner, Land Use Policy
Phone: 905.874.3844 | Email: claudia.larota@brampton.ca

Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR)

Employment lands are needed to boost opportunities for residents to work in Brampton, maintain a healthy tax base, and make Brampton a balanced and complete community. Owners of employment land can change the use of their property from employment to non-employment (e.g. commercial or residential), but only through a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) done by the City.

The Provincial Policy Statement 2005 and the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe plan for the protection of employment lands. They state that municipalities may only permit the conversion of employment lands to non-employment uses through an MCR where it has been demonstrated that certain criteria are met. As part of the five-year Official Plan Review, Brampton is also completing an MCR and has retained Hemson Consulting to complete the review.

Since the initiation of the Official Plan Review in 2013, the City has received 13 land owner requests to convert designated employment lands to non-employment uses. Please note that the City is no longer accepting conversion requests.

An open house was held on April 24, 2014 to hear public opinion on the conversion requests.

A Status Report was presented at the Planning, Design and Development Committee meeting of September 8, 2014 to describe the background studies undertaken to support the MCR. Based on the initial findings of the background MCR studies, it was recommended that the City undertake an “Office Strategy” in order to better understand the dynamics related to the Office sector in Brampton.

At the Planning & Infrastructure Committee meeting of June 22, 2015, a Status Report presented the preliminary findings of the initial Hemson MCR report, and an update on the population and employment forecasts.

At the Planning & Infrastructure Committee meeting of December 7, 2015, a recommendation report was presented which provided an update on the employment land and office policy review, as well as draft recommendations on the conversion requests. Please click on the following links to review the staff report as well as the background consultant reports.
 
December 7, 2015 Recommendation Report
Appendix A: Market Analysis of Employment Land Conversions – Cushman & Wakefield
Appendix B: Bram East Employment Land Review – N. Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd.
Appendix C: MCR for Employment Lands – Hemson Consulting
Appendix D: Office Opportunity Review – Cushman & Wakefield

An Open House was held January 25, 2016 in the City Hall Atrium to present draft recommendations on the MCR.

MCR Public Open House Notice
MCR Public Open House Display Boards

 

NEW: The MCR report containing the final recommendations on the employment land conversion requests was presented to Planning & Infrastructure Services Committee on May 30, 2016. 

Please note that the MCR process has now been completed, and the City is no longer accepting requests for conversion of employment lands.

Based on the findings of the MCR and the background studies, six sites were recommended for employment conversion.

The Statutory Public Meeting to present the draft Official Plan Amendments for those sites recommended for conversion was held on September 12, 2016.​

A Recommendation Report containing the draft Official Plan Amendments for the six sites recommended for employment conversion was presented to Planning Committee on April 24, 2017. Please click below for a copy of the staff report (item 7.4 on the Agenda):


The Official Plan Amendments were adopted by Council on April 26, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Claudia LaRota, MCIP, RPP
Policy Planner, Land Use Policy
Phone: 905.874.3844 | Email: claudia.larota@brampton.ca

Office Strategy

What is the future of office development in the City of Brampton? While small offices like your doctor or real estate agent might be close to your home, other offices such as a regional or head office need to locate in larger spaces closer to major transportation routes.

The Office Strategy will help us to understand what makes office development successful, including the function and importance of Office Nodes and Corridors, development densities and market opportunities.

The Office Strategy Study will provide input into the Employment Land Policy Review. It will also inform the Municipal Comprehensive Review on office demand and density when considering employment land conversion requests and the City’s employment land supply.

The City of Brampton needs to establish and implement policies to attract and retain office development.

The Office Strategy will:

  • produce a range of policies and strategies to support the development of the office sector in the city
  • look at the regional/local office market context
  • examine influences on business investment decision-making
  • estimate the City’s potential market share of office development
  • look at the relative costs associated with office development in Brampton
  • prepare policies and implementation strategies to promote a successful office market in Brampton
  • The City has retained Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. to complete the Office Strategy.

Cushman and Wakefield has completed the Office Strategy. Click here to view the report. The Hemson presentation on the Employment Policy Review also includes information on the Office Strategy. Please click here to view the presentation. Public consultation will be initiated in Fall 2017. Stay tuned for public engagement opportunities!

For more information please contact:

Claudia LaRota, MCIP, RPP
Policy Planner, Land Use Policy
Phone: 905.874.3844 | Email: claudia.larota@brampton.ca