DID YOU KNOW: Brampton Doesn't Have Official Neighbourhoods Names

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Liberty Village. Cooksville. Little Italy. Port Credit. Chinatown.

Most bigger cities divide communities into distinct neighbourhoods and give those neighbourhoods official names, but that's not the case with Brampton. Interestingly enough, Brampton identifies its disparate communities by what's known as "secondary plans."  

"The City does not have a listing of ‘official’ neighbourhoods - just secondary plans," explains Natalie Stogdill, media coordinator, strategic communications with the city of Brampton. "If you think of the Official Plan as the road map for all of Brampton, secondary plans are the detailed plans for specific areas and provide information on things like roads, parks, land use and community design."

To be clear, some of the secondary plans have neighbourhood names that are immediately recognizable. Some well-known ones include Heart Lake, Huttonville and Mount Pleasant, for example.

It's also interesting to note that the city is doing a secondary plan reviews.

"The City is currently doing a Secondary Plan Review; as part of that review, we will look at renaming some areas based on identifiable community names," says Stogdill.

While there are plans to reexamine the areas, here's a look at the 54 secondary plans and their names:

  • Snelgrove
  • Sandalwood Industrial East
  • Northwest Sandalwood Parkway
  • Heart Lake West
  • Heart Lake East
  • Northwood Park
  • Brampton West
  • Downtown Brampton
  • Brampton North
  • Madoc
  • Esker Lake South
  • Westgate
  • Central Park
  • Northgate
  • Bramalea North Industrial
  • Gore Industrial North
  • Fletchers West
  • Brampton South
  • Brampton East
  • Brampton East Industrial
  • Bramalea West Industrial
  • Avondale
  • Southgate
  • Bramalea South Industrial
  • Gore Industrial South
  • Fletchers Creek South
  • Steeles Industrial
  • Sandringham-Wellington
  • Huttonville
  • Parkway Belt Industrial
  • Queen Street Corridor
  • Airport Road Highway 7 Business Centre
  • Bramalea Road South Gateway Redevelopment Area
  • Goreway Drive Corridor
  • Bram West
  • Bram West
  • Bram West
  • Bram West
  • Bram East
  • Vales of Castlemore
  • Fletchers Creek Village
  • Fletchers Meadow
  • Credit Valley
  • Countryside Villages
  • Countryside Villages
  • Vales of Castlemore North
  • Vales of Humber
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Kennedy Road South Revitalization Area

As far as the review goes, it was initiated because some areas are still developing while others aren't expected to change in the near future.

"Many of these plans date back to the mid-1970s and have become outdated as communities develop," the city's explanation reads. "Some of them also reference old versions of the Official Plan, which leads to policies being interpreted inconsistently."

In short, the plans for the older areas are being reviewed while new development areas will not be evaluated.

"The city of Brampton currently has 54 designated secondary plans areas. The review will reduce this number, and result in plans that are consistent, current and easier to understand," the city says.

The secondary plan review involves ensuring the terms used for land use designations are consistent in every secondary plan, updating mapping to include current information on roads, schools and parks and ensuring all plans refer to the most current Official Plan rather than older versions.

The city will work towards combining smaller secondary plans into larger areas that reflect geography and community characteristics, renaming secondary plans based on identifiable community names (Heart Lake, Springdale, etc), eliminating duplication of policies that already exist in Official Plan and updating and standardizing policies and wording in each plan.

If you're interested in weighing in on this big change, you can attend a public meeting some time in the second quarter of 2017.

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