Provincial Approval of Revised Special Policy Area Received on April 30, 2014
The Ministers of Natural Resources (MNR) and Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) have approved the City of Brampton’s revised strategy for development within the floodplain of the downtown, which will facilitate new development while mitigating risk.
This significant milestone will help pave the way for the revitalization of Brampton’s downtown. Brampton welcomes new investment to help realize our full potential.
Brampton is one of the first municipalities to receive Provincial approval of modifications to its Special Policy Area since the new Provincial guidelines were released in 2009. Close cooperation and partnership between the City and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) staff contributed to a technically sound, comprehensive and successful study. MNR and MMAH staff worked closely with the City and TRCA staff through the process – a good model of multi-government partnership.
Key outcomes of the strategy:
- Clarity around development permissions in the downtown core - robust enough to spur economic development and create a healthy, vibrant downtown.
- City Council will be able to approve development applications that conform to the revised Secondary Plan and Zoning By-law without the need for further Provincial review and approval.
- The potential risk associated with a flood event is mitigated through special planning policies that govern the amount and location of development and require the flood proofing of buildings.
- The City’s Emergency Management Office received Provincial approval of a specific Standard Operating Procedure for the downtown. The City wants to ensure public safety and is confident in its preparedness in the event of a flood.