What are some of the changes proposed by the Dundas Connects Master Plan?

     Key recommendations within the endorsed DCMP include the following:

    • Implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Dundas Street
    • Encouraging mixed-use development that supports transit
    • Creating more open spaces and community facilities
    • Maintaining existing and supporting new affordable housing
    • Maintaining four traffic lanes along Dundas Street
    • Providing safe cycling infrastructure along the length of the Dundas Street Corridor
    • Enhancing pedestrian space and providing street trees
    • Encouraging street-related retail while supporting existing businesses.

    For more details on the specific recommendations of the endorsed Plan, please visit The Dundas Connects Master Plan (DCMP) dedicated website.

    If the Dundas Connects Master Plan was endorsed in 2018, isn’t it already in affect?

    The Dundas Connects Master Plan (DCMP) recommendations have been endorsed, yet they have not been formally established as official City policy. This is partly due to ongoing studies, which affect the implementation of the recommendations.

    Once approved, the implementation of the Official Plan Amendment will establish the recommendations of the DCMP as official policy.

    Until then, any development on lands within the Dundas Connects Master Plan will be subject to current Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations.

    For lands currently restricted by flooding, the ongoing flood mitigation studies, environmental assessments, and construction of mitigation measures must be completed before the recommendations of the DCMP can be fully realized.

    At the same time, any conversion of employment areas to non-employment uses will continue to be subject to Region of Peel Official Plan policies and Provincial requirements.

    What will the Implementing Official Plan Amendment include?

    The implementing Official Plan Amendment may include the following key recommendations of the Dundas Connects Master Plan (DCMP):

    • Implement height range recommendations of the DCMP along the Dundas Street corridor.
    • Identify lands within the Dixie and Mavis-Erindale Employment Areas that could be considered for conversion from employment to mixed-use residential subject to land use compatibility assessment to determine appropriateness.

    If appropriate, this will entail land use changes initiated by development applications.  

    • Establish where appropriate urban design and built form policies for lands along the Dundas Street corridor.  
    • The development of open space and public realm networks to support the expected residential development and complement the anticipated job growth.
    • Define the Dixie Community Node boundary, which is currently unspecified in the Official Plan.   However, policies related to the extent of development within the node will be subject to ongoing flood studies.
    • Enhance access and connections within existing blocks and future higher-order transit stations through additional roadways and access corridors.

    What future engagement opportunities will there be regarding the Dundas Connects Master Plan?

    The recommendations of the Dundas Connects Master Plan, which form the basis of the implementing Official Plan Amendment, have already gone through extensive public engagement and endorsed by Council in 2018.

    The City anticipates engagement in the fall/winter of 2021 to discuss the development of the Implementing Official Plan Amendment, with a statutory public meeting for the draft Official Plan Amendment early 2022.  Additional community engagement maybe scheduled. To make sure you are updated with the project, please register and subscribe to receive news alerts about future engagements at the top of the page.