Planning for this transformative Brampton project now underway

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Earlier this month, the City of Brampton approved the Downtown Brampton Flood Protection Environmental Assessment, allowing for the widening of Etobicoke Creek through the City’s downtown. 

This initiative, which is subject to change upon government funding, will help unlock the economic potential of Brampton’s downtown area and the design will reduce existing flood risk in the area.

It will also help to provide the foundation to implement the Riverwalk; a project that will help revitalize the downtown area while also making it more sustainable.

The Riverwalk will also provide an innovative, long-term solution to eliminate the flood risk in the area, which in turn will generate urban growth and development, attract investment and extend and improve public space.

Downtown Brampton lies within the Etobicoke Creek floodplain.

Due to provincial policies revolving around hazard management, they have restricted the type and amount of development that can occur today.

The Riverwalk envisions a remade Etobicoke Creek which will be surrounded by public spaces and parks connected by the Etobicoke Creek valley corridor and a trail system, with the removal of the existing flood risk and the restrictions on planning and development in the area.

The project is expected to unlock 3.6 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space in the downtown, creating more than 23,000 jobs and a $1.4 billion impact on the GDP.

Unlocking the potential of downtown Brampton is a key priority for Council, as is being a Green City that is strong, resilient and sustainable,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

Riverwalk is a transformational project that will help support us in both these objectives, and also put Brampton on the map for its innovative and impactful solution to mitigating flood risk, generating development and creating jobs, and improving public space for all to enjoy.”

The City of Brampton has issued the following Media Release: City's transformative Riverwalk project moves closer to implementation

An online version is available here.

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City's transformative Riverwalk project moves closer to implementation

 

BRAMPTON, ON (September 15, 2020) - The City of Brampton has moved one step closer to realizing its Riverwalk project, a transformational initiative that will help unlock the economic potential of downtown Brampton. 

Earlier this month, the Downtown Brampton Flood Protection Environmental Assessment was approved. The City can now move forward with the detailed engineering design for widening the Etobicoke Creek through downtown Brampton, contingent upon government funding. The engineering design will reduce the existing flood risk in the area and provide the foundation for implementing the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk project will help revitalize Brampton's downtown and make it sustainable, healthy and resilient. The main purpose of Riverwalk is to engineer an innovative, long-term solution to eliminate the flood risk in downtown Brampton, in turn generating urban growth and development, attracting investment and extending and improving public space in the area.

About Riverwalk 

Downtown Brampton lies within the Etobicoke Creek floodplain. Provincial policies around hazard management have so far restricted the type and amount of development that can occur there today. Riverwalk is a two-part solution to removing the flood risks and creating a new, open urban space that will help revitalize Brampton's downtown and make it healthy, sustainable and resilient.

With the removal of the existing flood risk and the restrictions on planning and development in downtown Brampton, the Riverwalk envisions a remade Etobicoke Creek through the area, surrounded by public spaces and parks connected by the Etobicoke Creek valley corridor and a trail system. It is expected to unlock 3.6 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space in the downtown, creating more than 23,000 jobs and a $1.4 billion impact on the GDP.

In the coming months, residents will have the opportunity to provide their input on the project. 

For more information on Riverwalk visit www.brampton.ca/riverwalk

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"Unlocking the potential of downtown Brampton is a key priority for Council, as is being a Green City that is strong, resilient and sustainable. Riverwalk is a transformational project that will help support us in both these objectives, and also put Brampton on the map for its innovative and impactful solution to mitigating flood risk, generating development and creating jobs, and improving public space for all to enjoy."

- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

"Brampton is a City of Opportunities that supports a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial environment, with a downtown that is vibrant and growing. As the City moves closer to building Riverwalk, we take another step towards creating more jobs and spaces that residents can enjoy for years to come."

Regional Councillor, Pat Fortini said, “This transformational initiative will ensure downtown Brampton is sustainable, healthy and resilient, and an enjoyable space for all who live and visit there.”

Residents will have the opportunity to provide their input on the project in the coming months.

For more information on Riverwalk visit www.brampton.ca/riverwalk.

Photo: The City of Brampton

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