“Our regional centres are larger, centrally located communities characterized by flourishing development, a range of housing choices, professional and health care services, and varied opportunities to engage in business, education, recreation and the arts. Our local centres are spread throughout the region, and are smaller communities, characterized by the presence of a residential cluster, with supporting neighbourhood-based commercial and recreational activity.”

settlement principle

Concentrate new commerical and residentail development, including mixed uses, in the regional centres, with clearly defined urban boundaries.

  • Identify regional centres
  • Limit large subdivisions and commercial development outside of the regional and local centres
  • Identify core areas along Route 1 and other main transportation corridors where development should be limited
  • Identify areas within the regional centres where services could support increased density
  • Identify areas where single-use zoning should be replaced with mixed-use zoning
  • Develop incentives to encourage the development of vacant or underutilized land within the regional and local centres

Concentrate residental development in local centres that are distributed throughout the region, with clearly defined boundaries.

  • Identify important transportation corridors and residential clusters along those corridors
  • Identify local centres that are distributed along the primary transportation network and dispersed evenly throughout the region
  • Identify areas within the local centres that could support increased residential development

Identify mechanisms for more efficient and infrastructure delivery.

  • Limit the extension of central servicing infrastructure outside of regional and local centres
  • Identify areas where efficiencies might be realized through shared servicing and infrastructure agreements
  • Target investments in infrastructure that support the desired development pattern
  • Develop regional infrastructure standards

Ensure regulatory frameworks enable and encourage a diversity of housing throughout the region.

  • Identify areas where the need for additional housing types is not being met, based on a review of existing housing stock and the expected future demand
  • Identify and create development incentives, or programs, that respond to core housing needs
  • Identify areas where single-unit residential areas can be converted to mixed density residential 

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