Planning Markham's Future Now

Build interlinked Stouffville GO transit oriented community village stations where people can come together to interact, work, live, shop, entertain, and enjoy cultural activities in a lively and pleasant pedestrian-oriented environment.

My Focus: Increase Ridership through a Network-Oriented Community

2051 Stouffville Line Ridership Goal: 350,000 Riders

2051 407 Transitway Ridership Goal: 1,000,000 Riders

  • Develop complete NOC corridors that optimize investment in rail transit
  • Plan for frequent, two-way, all day rail service across NOC corridors
  • Provide a range of housing choice and affordability at all NOCs
  • Create green jobs through technology and adaptation
  • Create "destinations" along NOC corridors
  • Ensure efficient utilization of infrastructure and resources
  • Locate density at NOCs including community activities and public amenities
  • Adopt sustainable and renewable energy technologies
  • Create walkable and cyclable corridors and NOCs with great public spaces
  • Use modern planning tools that the public can understand

Build "A Place to Grow" - Guiding Principles

“The successful realization of Network-Oriented Communities vision” is based on collaboration amongst all levels of government, residents and stakeholders.

  1. Build complete communities “ALONG NETWORKED CORRIDORS” to support healthy active living and meet people’s needs for daily living and for all stages of life.
  2. Intensification and higher densities in strategic growth areas to make efficient use of land, infrastructure that support and optimize transit viability.
  3. Capitalize on new economic and employment opportunities as they emerge and providing certainty for traditional industries.
  4. Support a range and mix of housing options including apartments large enough to raise families and which include additional residential units and affordable housing, to serve all sizes, incomes, and ages of households.
  5. Integrate land use planning decisions with investments in infrastructure, public service facilities and including community hubs.
  6. Provide for different approaches to manage growth recognizing the diversity of communities in York Region and Toronto.
  7. Protect and enhance natural heritage, hydrologic, and landform systems, features and functions.
  8. Support and enhance the long-term viability and productivity of agriculture by protecting prime agriculture areas and the agri-food network.
  9. Support the social, economic and cultural well-being of all communities.
  10. Create communities and infrastructure that mitigate the impact of climate change. Need to integrate climate change considerations into planning and managing growth for more resilient communities and infrastructure.
  11. Use planning tools that are easy to visualize and understand. Plan complete NOC transit corridors using visual 3D models that the public can visualize and understand.

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