Through the Sustainable Community Program: New Development, the City of Brampton is promoting a comprehensive approach to planning and designing sustainable communities. Two tools were established to help the City achieve this goal - the Sustainability Community Development Guidelines (SCDGs) and the Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT).

The City of Brampton, in collaboration with the City of Vaughan and Town of Richmond Hill, developed the SAT to evaluate and score the environmental sustainability performance of new development applications. With over 50 sustainability metrics, developers in Brampton now have a range of options to achieve Brampton’s sustainability thresholds.

To learn more about the metrics, thresholds, and other requirements of the Sustainable Community Program: New Development, check out the new comprehensive Program Manual!


Is a Minimum Score Required?

Yes. All applications must achieve at minimum a Bronze score. The Sustainability Score thresholds are outlined in the table below.


What Applications are Required to Submit a Sustainability Score?

• All Block Plans
• Plans of Subdivisions of 10 units or more
• "Full" Site Plans
• Zoning By-law amendments

For Zoning By-law (ZBA) amendments, the score will be based on preliminary information available at the ZBA stage. The score will then be refined when more details become available as part of the associated Plan of Subdivision and/or Site Plan applications.

What Applications are Exempt?

• Plans of Subdivision of 9 units or less
• "Limited" and "Basic" Site Plans

What Needs to be Submitted as Part of a Development Application?

• Sustainability Score (see below)
• Sustainability Summary (see below) 


How Do I Calculate the Sustainability Score? 

Use the Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT) to generate the Sustainability Score. Click here to access the SAT. 

The SAT uses a series of questions to objectively quantify the sustainability attributes of a development application. The Sustainability Score calculated through this tool must be submitted with your development application.


What is the Sustainability Summary?

In addition to the Sustainability Score, each application must include a Sustainability Summary, which outlines how the score was achieved and in which component study or drawing each point can be verified. The Sustainability Summary must be prepared in accordance with the Terms of Reference available here.
Some metrics require the submission of a Letter of Intent that must be submitted with your application.  The Sustainability Assessment Manual identifies which metrics require Letter of Intents, and templates for these letters are available here.

What Resources Are Available to Guide Me Through the Process?

A number of documents area available to assist applicants with measuring the sustainability of their development proposal, including:
Sustainable Community Development Guidelines (SCDG)

Contact Us

For questions regarding the Sustainable Community Program: New Development please contact 905-874-2050.

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