The public is invited to attend an Open House to provide input on land use planning within the Yonge/Bernard Key Development Area (KDA)
The city is revisiting this Secondary Plan, and is looking to make changes to better align the Plan with the vision of stakeholders and the local community, as well as direction from both the Region and the Province regarding intensification within areas such as this one which are identified as "Major Transit Station Areas".
Staff will provide a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.
City and Regional staff will be available to respond to questions and hear your feedback as we consult on possible changes to the adopted Secondary Plan and implementing Zoning By-law, as well as the broader planning framework for the City and York Region.
What is a Key Development Area? - A Key Development Area (KDA), as identified in the Official Plan, is an existing major node of retail and/or commercial development with access to rapid transit, where opportunities for redevelopment of large land parcels exist to support new public streets. The policies of the Official Plan require that a Secondary Plan be prepared for areas designated as a Key Development Area.
What is a Major Transit Station Area? - In 2017, the Province updated the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In this new version, the concept of Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs) was introduced. MTSAs are defined as areas that are within 500 to 800 metres of an existing or planned higher order transit station/stop; this represents about a 10 minute walk. The Growth Plan definies higher order transit as transit that operates in partially or completely dedicated rights of way, which allows the transit services to achieve levels of speed and reliability that is greater than in mixed traffic. This includes heavy rail (e.g. subways and inter-city rail), light rail, and buses that operate in dedicated rights-of-ways.
The Growth Plan directs that the Region of York establish boundaries for MTSAs. The Region is presently in the process of undertaking this work. For more information, view the York Region Municipal Comprehensive Review website.
As part of the re-thinking for the Yonge/Bernard KDA Secondary Plan, it is important to be mindful of this and other related new policy directions.
Why is intensification important? - Richmond Hill is a vibrant community and is a desirable place for many people to work, live, and play, with new residents moving into Richmond Hill every day. However, there is limited room to expand the City's boundaries to accommodate future growth due to features such as the Oak Ridges Moraine. While much of the future growth will be directed towards the City's Urban Growth Centre located at the Richmond Hill Centre, other areas of the City will also need to play a part in accommodating new residents and jobs. The Yonge/Bernard KDA is well situated to accommodate new growth, being located on Yonge Street with access to frequent rapid transit, a bus terminal, and existing retail uses.
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