Future Caledon: Our Official Plan

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What’s New? Review our draft Policy Directions

Stay up-to-date on Future Caledon by reviewing the Policy Directions Report for our new Official Plan.


Project Update

Future Caledon is now reaching the end of Phase 2 of the Official Plan development process focused on policy directions. Thanks to your feedback at two Public Open Houses the Project Team has prepared a series of draft policy directions that we are eager to share with you.

Policy directions address the gaps, issues, and conflicts that have been previously identified through background and best practice research. They also respond to the feedback collected through engagement with the community. The directions provide an understanding of the strategies the Official Plan will employ to address the substantial growth and challenges of growth and change Caledon will experience over the next 30+ years.

Our Draft Policy Directions for Future Caledon are the following:

1. Address Climate Change in Everything We Do

2. Protect our Agricultural Lands

3. Preserve our Environmental Areas

4. Conserve our Cultural Heritage

5. Manage our Aggregate Resources

6. Protect and Nurture our Rural Communities

7. Manage and Support Growth for our Long-term Benefit

8. Create Healthy and Complete Communities

9. Design Great Urban Places

10. Create High Quality Mobility Options

11. Pursue Housing Affordability

12. Support Strategic and Innovative Economic Opportunities

13. Strategically Manage our Civic Infrastructure

Review the Policy Directions Report to read full explanations of the Policy Directions, what they mean for our Official Plan and anticipated benefits.


Questions?

Have questions about the draft Policy Directions Report? Reach out to the Town at opreview@caledon.ca.


What is an Official Plan?

The Town of Caledon is creating a new Official Plan! An Official Plan is an overarching policy document that acts as a road map for how our community will develop, locate housing, build transportation networks, locate employment, offer community facilities, and much more. Official Plans are necessary to promote smart land use decisions and ensure compatibility between different land uses (e.g., residential, industrial, agricultural) and the protection of our environment. Official Plans also ensure that the Town prepares for future infrastructure needs to support a growing community through the provision of parks, transit options, schools and recreation spaces. Our new Official Plan will embrace Caledon’s community charm while ensuring we’re prepared for the future.

Learn more about Official Plans by visiting the Province of Ontario’s Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Planning.


Why is the Town of Caledon completing this review?

The Town’s Official Plan is a Land Use Planning policy document that must conform, and be consistent with, provincial and regional (Peel) plans. The Provincial Planning Act requires that municipalities update their Official Plans every 5 years and complete a full revision every 10 years. Caledon is doing both! During this process, we will complete a strategic update of the Official Plan to meet legislated requirements, make the document more user friendly and create a document that ensures Caledon is future-ready.

Town Staff have committed to developing an Official Plan that will guide land use using a modern approach that is both cohesive and clear in its application. Creating an Official Plan that achieves this will require a high level of community engagement throughout the process that will help build understanding and the purpose of planning and build support for a shared vision that the Plan will ultimately put forward. We’re pleased you’ve joined us on this journey. Together we can create Future Caledon.


Future Caledon: Five Focus Areas

Starting in 2019, the Town began developing its new Official Plan, “Future Caledon.” The chevron element is a forward/future facing icon meant to represent moving forward, looking ahead and the five key focus areas, each with a unique colour to, that will make up the OP document.

5 Focus Areas: 1. Natural Resources and Agriculture 2. Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture 3. Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure 5. Climate Change


1.Natural Resources and Agriculture

2.Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture

3.Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure

4.Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment

5.Climate Change

The five focus areas of Future Caledon will form reports, discussion papers and more that will become the basis of the Official Plan. Click the links above to learn more about each of these focus areas, engage with the project team, and provide your input to help shape our future.


How Can You Participate?

This is your Official Plan, Caledon! The feedback you provide throughout the project phases and activities associated with the five focus areas will help identify your needs and priorities. This will lead to an OP that is unique to Caledon and the local context. Stay tuned to this project page to check-in for updates and tell us what you think as we progress.

Phase 1: Background Review & Visioning

While the project team works to understand the local context, review current policies, conduct a best practice review, and identify policy gaps, your input will be sought to draft a big vision for the OP! This phase is also about gathering initial input on your priorities as we lay the groundwork to develop Policy Directions.

Phase 2: Policy Directions Report

During phase two, the project team will develop the draft Policy Directions Report that will compile the key policy recommendations to be considered for the new OP. Recommendations will be made for each of the 5 Future Caledon focus areas. Community input will be sought to refine the recommendations leading up to the preparation of the draft OP.

Phase 3: Policy Formulation & Report

This phase of engagement will provide the opportunity to review the first draft of the Official Plan. Feedback will be sought to ensure that the OP accurately captures the various needs of the Town. Feedback will be used to refine the Plan prior to submission to Council.


Region of Peel's Official Plan Review

The current Regional Official Plan Review, known as Peel 2051, is being undertaken to ensure that Official Plan policies stay current with provincial plans and reflect regional and local needs and priorities.

Future Caledon's 5 focus areas align with the Region of Peel’s Official Plan review process. This allows us to work together with our Regional counterparts and develop an Official Plan that reflects both our local and regional needs and priorities. Through an iterative process, Town staff actively provide input and comments on the Region’s work.

Town staff have prepared a submission on the Region's draft Official Plan. Caledon Council directed that a draft concept map be provided to the Region as part of the Town's formal comments.

For more information on Peel 2051

please visit peelregion.ca/officialplan/review/.

For general information on the Regional Official Plan Review please contact:

planpeel@peelregion.ca

What’s New? Review our draft Policy Directions

Stay up-to-date on Future Caledon by reviewing the Policy Directions Report for our new Official Plan.


Project Update

Future Caledon is now reaching the end of Phase 2 of the Official Plan development process focused on policy directions. Thanks to your feedback at two Public Open Houses the Project Team has prepared a series of draft policy directions that we are eager to share with you.

Policy directions address the gaps, issues, and conflicts that have been previously identified through background and best practice research. They also respond to the feedback collected through engagement with the community. The directions provide an understanding of the strategies the Official Plan will employ to address the substantial growth and challenges of growth and change Caledon will experience over the next 30+ years.

Our Draft Policy Directions for Future Caledon are the following:

1. Address Climate Change in Everything We Do

2. Protect our Agricultural Lands

3. Preserve our Environmental Areas

4. Conserve our Cultural Heritage

5. Manage our Aggregate Resources

6. Protect and Nurture our Rural Communities

7. Manage and Support Growth for our Long-term Benefit

8. Create Healthy and Complete Communities

9. Design Great Urban Places

10. Create High Quality Mobility Options

11. Pursue Housing Affordability

12. Support Strategic and Innovative Economic Opportunities

13. Strategically Manage our Civic Infrastructure

Review the Policy Directions Report to read full explanations of the Policy Directions, what they mean for our Official Plan and anticipated benefits.


Questions?

Have questions about the draft Policy Directions Report? Reach out to the Town at opreview@caledon.ca.


What is an Official Plan?

The Town of Caledon is creating a new Official Plan! An Official Plan is an overarching policy document that acts as a road map for how our community will develop, locate housing, build transportation networks, locate employment, offer community facilities, and much more. Official Plans are necessary to promote smart land use decisions and ensure compatibility between different land uses (e.g., residential, industrial, agricultural) and the protection of our environment. Official Plans also ensure that the Town prepares for future infrastructure needs to support a growing community through the provision of parks, transit options, schools and recreation spaces. Our new Official Plan will embrace Caledon’s community charm while ensuring we’re prepared for the future.

Learn more about Official Plans by visiting the Province of Ontario’s Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Planning.


Why is the Town of Caledon completing this review?

The Town’s Official Plan is a Land Use Planning policy document that must conform, and be consistent with, provincial and regional (Peel) plans. The Provincial Planning Act requires that municipalities update their Official Plans every 5 years and complete a full revision every 10 years. Caledon is doing both! During this process, we will complete a strategic update of the Official Plan to meet legislated requirements, make the document more user friendly and create a document that ensures Caledon is future-ready.

Town Staff have committed to developing an Official Plan that will guide land use using a modern approach that is both cohesive and clear in its application. Creating an Official Plan that achieves this will require a high level of community engagement throughout the process that will help build understanding and the purpose of planning and build support for a shared vision that the Plan will ultimately put forward. We’re pleased you’ve joined us on this journey. Together we can create Future Caledon.


Future Caledon: Five Focus Areas

Starting in 2019, the Town began developing its new Official Plan, “Future Caledon.” The chevron element is a forward/future facing icon meant to represent moving forward, looking ahead and the five key focus areas, each with a unique colour to, that will make up the OP document.

5 Focus Areas: 1. Natural Resources and Agriculture 2. Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture 3. Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure 5. Climate Change


1.Natural Resources and Agriculture

2.Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture

3.Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure

4.Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment

5.Climate Change

The five focus areas of Future Caledon will form reports, discussion papers and more that will become the basis of the Official Plan. Click the links above to learn more about each of these focus areas, engage with the project team, and provide your input to help shape our future.


How Can You Participate?

This is your Official Plan, Caledon! The feedback you provide throughout the project phases and activities associated with the five focus areas will help identify your needs and priorities. This will lead to an OP that is unique to Caledon and the local context. Stay tuned to this project page to check-in for updates and tell us what you think as we progress.

Phase 1: Background Review & Visioning

While the project team works to understand the local context, review current policies, conduct a best practice review, and identify policy gaps, your input will be sought to draft a big vision for the OP! This phase is also about gathering initial input on your priorities as we lay the groundwork to develop Policy Directions.

Phase 2: Policy Directions Report

During phase two, the project team will develop the draft Policy Directions Report that will compile the key policy recommendations to be considered for the new OP. Recommendations will be made for each of the 5 Future Caledon focus areas. Community input will be sought to refine the recommendations leading up to the preparation of the draft OP.

Phase 3: Policy Formulation & Report

This phase of engagement will provide the opportunity to review the first draft of the Official Plan. Feedback will be sought to ensure that the OP accurately captures the various needs of the Town. Feedback will be used to refine the Plan prior to submission to Council.


Region of Peel's Official Plan Review

The current Regional Official Plan Review, known as Peel 2051, is being undertaken to ensure that Official Plan policies stay current with provincial plans and reflect regional and local needs and priorities.

Future Caledon's 5 focus areas align with the Region of Peel’s Official Plan review process. This allows us to work together with our Regional counterparts and develop an Official Plan that reflects both our local and regional needs and priorities. Through an iterative process, Town staff actively provide input and comments on the Region’s work.

Town staff have prepared a submission on the Region's draft Official Plan. Caledon Council directed that a draft concept map be provided to the Region as part of the Town's formal comments.

For more information on Peel 2051

please visit peelregion.ca/officialplan/review/.

For general information on the Regional Official Plan Review please contact:

planpeel@peelregion.ca

Tell your story

As we set out to develop our Official Plan to guide Caledon's next evolution it is important that we recognize our unique character as a Town and build from our Town's features that make it a great place to live. We want to hear from you about what matters to you most in Caledon. 

Please use this space to share your stories of what makes Caledon special to you. Are there unique places in the Town you hold dear? Have you had exceptional experiences with fellow residents? Are there any other features of Caledon that you find important and want to share? 

Thank you for taking some time to share your stories of what makes Caledon special to you. We hope you will come back and take some time to read other's stories and participate in future engagement activities. 

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    by PARMJIT GILL, 11 months ago

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    In Sympathy with Built Environment and in Harmony With the Natural One

    by BobWaldon, almost 2 years ago

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