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Premier Gateway Phase 1B Study
Premier Gateway Phase 1B Employment Area
Secondary Plan Study
Why is the Town preparing this Secondary Plan?
The Premier Gateway Employment Area is currently the Town of Halton Hills’ major employment area. It is located between Steeles Avenue and Highway 401.
The Town, in conformity with the Halton Region Official Plan, had proposed through Town Official Plan Amendment 10 (OPA 10) to designate an additional 340 gross hectares (840 acres) of land for employment on the north side of Steeles Avenue.
The Region and the Town have now had to reconsider the location of the proposed expansion of the Employment Area. Lands which were previously to be designated for employment east of the Toronto Premium Outlets within the Town’s Premier Gateway Employment Area are now unavailable for development until the GTA West Corridor Environmental Assessment process is completed by the Ministry of Transportation and it is determined what lands are/are not required for transportation purposes. It is anticipated that a significant amount of this land will be permanently precluded from development in order to accommodate a large highway interchange.
As a result of the introduction of corridor protection for the GTA West Corridor, and the rephasing of employment lands by the Region, the Town is now taking steps to re-phase the employment lands in the Premier Gateway Employment Area. This will be accomplished by modifications to OPA 10. However, the rephasing of the employment lands does not entirely replace the employment lands made unavailable for development as a result of the GTA West Corridor protection. There is a shortfall of designated employment land prior to 2021 which must be identified and planned for in this area of Halton Hills.
What is the purpose of the Secondary Plan?
The Premier Gateway Phase 1B Employment Area Secondary Plan Study will develop appropriate land use designations and policies for the Phase 1B Employment Area and identify the location of up to 75 hectares of land to be designated for employment and added to the Premier Gateway Employment Area. The Study Area is illustrated on the map below, including the Phase 1B Area and the lands which are to be considered for the location of the additional 75 hectares of employment land.
This study is being undertaken as an integrated planning project with two main components: a land use planning study (Secondary Plan) and a Scoped Subwatershed Study.
The Study is being carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act. Transportation and water and wastewater servicing master plans and a scoped Subwatershed Study, which are components of the Secondary Plan are being carried out in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.
In March 2015, Council approved the retention of a project consulting team led by Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd. in association with AMEC Foster Wheeler, Brook McIlroy and other sub-consultants to complete the project (see report PDS-2015-0021 below).
The Secondary Plan Study is a 5 phase study which is expected to be completed by December 2017. Phase 1, Project Initiation and Phase 2 Existing Conditions commenced in April 2015. The Study Process is summarized in the following flow chart.
Your Input to the Study is important – We want to hear from you!
Community consultation is a key part of the preparation of the Secondary Plan, and the related transportation, servicing and scoped subwatershed master plans and studies. Public information sessions will be held throughout the study with the initial session anticipated in October 2015. In the meantime, to be added to the study contact list please click on Study Contact List, or to submit any comments and questions, please contact Mr. Curtis Marshall or Mr. Steve Burke at the address below.
Manager of Planning Policy
Town of Halton Hills 1 Halton Hills Drive Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2254
Note: Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.