May 8, 2003

York Region releases draft Centres and Corridors Strategy

NEWMARKET A draft Centres and Corridors Strategy, Making it Happen!, was released at The Regional Municipality of York's Planning and Economic Development Committee yesterday. The purpose of the Strategy is to promote the development of a planned urban structure of centres and corridors and strengthen the relationship between land use, transportation and transit.

"In order for the Region to continue to be economically successful in the long term and maintain and improve its quality of life," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch, "the urban structure of Regional centres connected by transit corridors must be supported and achieved."

Regional centres are vibrant, higher density, mixed use precincts that serve as the Region's "downtown". York Region has designated four Regional Centres and local municipalities have already prepared detailed plans for these centres. They include Markham Centre, Newmarket Centre, Bayview Glen in Richmond Hill and the Vaughan Corporate Centre. In addition, a series of urban and local centres are identified in local official plans. These include old Woodbridge in Vaughan and Unionville in Markham.

The Regional centres are linked by the Regional corridors of Yonge Street and Highway 7, which have the greatest opportunity to add new housing units, employment and services in a mixed-use form that is supportive of higher order transit services.

"The proposed Strategy is a key element of the Region's overall growth management program," said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee. "It aims to contain urban sprawl and better utilizes expensive infrastructure like rapid transit."

Developing Regional centres and corridors will require the Region to work closely with our local municipal partners, the private sector, residents and senior levels of government. The York Region Centres and Corridors Strategy focuses on four action areas:

The draft Strategy will be forwarded to local municipalities and other stakeholders for consultation. Staff will report back to Committee and Council in the fall with an implementation plan that includes timelines and scheduling for each of the action items.

A brochure about the draft York Region Centres and Corridors Strategy is available in the attached pdf file or by request.

Draft Centres & Corridors Strategy.pdf

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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