Markham’s New Official Plan (2014) envisions the future North Urban Area of Markham (see map below). The future Markham North Urban Area covers approximately 1,288 hectares (3,183 acres) bordered by Major Mackenzie Drive to the south, the Hydro Corridor and Woodbine Avenue to the west, the northern city limits and Elgin Mills Road to the north, and Robinson Creek to the east.
Approximately 675 hectares (1,668 acres) of developable land is designated for future neighborhoods, located primarily between Major Mackenzie Drive and Elgin Mills Road. Approximately 300 hectares (741 acres) north of Elgin Mills Road are designated for employment purposes. In total, the future urban area is intended to accommodate around 12,000 residential units with a population of around 38,000 people and around 19,000 jobs.
The remainder of the lands, which contain waterways and other natural heritage features, are designated as “Greenway” in the Official Plan and will not be developed. The greenway includes natural and hydrological heritage features and their functions, vegetation protection areas, protected agricultural lands and improvement lands.
The overall planning for the future Markham North Urban Area will be documented in a Conceptual Master Plan, which will identify a community structure for the entire future urban area. The plan will address land use categories, road, transit and service networks, an open space system and key community facility requirements. Along with the community structure, the conceptual master plan will identify major policy requirements to be addressed in more detail when preparing sub-plans for smaller areas.
The conceptual master plan is informed by the following studies:
- Studies of the sub-watersheds of the four rivers within and adjacent to the future urban area;
- Water maintenance; and
- Wastewater maintenance.
The City is coordinating the Concept Master Plan process with the studies listed above so that the Plan is prepared collaboratively and concurrently with the other studies.
Sub-watershed studies are undertaken for four streams including Berczy Creek, Bruce Creek, Eckhardt Creek Headwaters, and Robinson Creek. Subwatershed studies are an important part of the land use planning process. They provide detailed information about natural systems including streams, wetlands, groundwater, etc. to provide environmental context for planning the future urban area of Markham North.
The transportation study will focus on road, transit, bicycle and pedestrian needs for the lands within the future urban area, as well as connectivity with the surrounding lands at the exterior of the future urban area. The study will evaluate alternative vehicular and non-vehicular transportation networks to identify a preferred global transportation system.
Water and wastewater studies are underway to assess alternative service options needed to develop the future urban area based on identified population and employment objectives.
The development of the Conceptual Master Plan will be a collaborative and coordinated process using information obtained through the sub-catchment studies, the transportation study, and the sewage and water supply studies.
As part of the Master Concept Plan process, the Town of Markham will meet the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process up to Phase 2, Step 6. The Master Concept Plan will support development projects. infrastructure in accordance with Schedule A and Schedule B. It will also facilitate the class environmental assessment process for Schedule C infrastructure projects. The completion of the class environmental assessment process for infrastructure projects will follow the conceptual master plan.
The Conceptual Master Plan and Classroom Environmental Assessment will include:
- Notifications and joint presentations to the public, stakeholders and agencies for all studies;
- Simultaneous assessment/analysis of land use, environmental and infrastructure issues;
- Competing decisions/recommendations;
- Collaborative problem solving; and,
- Coordinated documentation.
The graphic below illustrates the combined planning and class environmental assessment process proposed by the City. The planning process is based on the environmental context provided in the sub-watershed studies. This environmental context provides the basis for identifying and considering alternative land uses and infrastructure options
The North Markham Future Urban Area Collector Road Network Class Environmental Assessments are continuing the Concept Master Plan (CMP) process for the proposed Collector Roads identified in the Community Structure Plan. The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) classifies the proposed collector road network as a Schedule “C” project and is subject to the entire planning and design process. As the City completed Phases 1 and 2 of this process through the CMP, private landowners in each of the four residential development blocks completed Phase 3 of the remaining Class Environmental Assessment (examining alternative methods of implementation of the preferred solution) and phase 4 of the class environmental assessment (Prepare an environmental study report) block by block.
North Markham Future Urban Area (Berczy Glen Block) Collector Road Network Class Environmental Assessment
North Markham Future Urban Area (Robinson Glen Block) Collector Road Network Class Environmental Assessment
North Markham Future Urban Area (Victoria Glen Block) Collector Road Network Class Environmental Assessment
There will be a variety of ways to participate in the overall planning process to guide development in the future urban area in North Markham, as public information meetings will take place throughout the process.
Please contact Stephen Lue at 905.477.7000 ext. 2520 or Stephen Kitagawa at 905.477.7000 ext. 2531.
For the North Markham Future Urban Area Collector Road Network Class Environmental Assessment, please send all inquiries to Ian Dobrindt at [email protected]
- North Markham Urban Design Guidelines — May 2018
- Future Urban Area Conceptual Master Plan, Volume 1: Community Structure Plan and Key Policy Directions
- Future Urban Area Conceptual Master Plan, Volume 2: Transportation, Water and Waste Master Plan, Class Environmental Assessment Study (Phases 1 and 2)
- Presentation of the future urban area – September 11, 2017
- Report on the future of the urban area – September 11, 2017
- Billboards – September 11, 2017
- Interim report on the conceptual master plan of the future urban area
- Billboards for Open Day No. 2 – November 3, 2016
- Invitation to Open Day No. 2 – November 3, 2016
- Developmental Services Committee Report – October 3, 2016
- Markham Official Plan (2014)
- York Region Official Plan
- Notice of Commencement of Study – Future North Markham Urban Area Concept Master Plan and Class Environmental Assessment, October 1, 2014
- Invitation to Open Day No. 1
- Introducing Open Day #1
- Open Day No. 1 Billboards
- Brochure of the future urban area
- Municipal Class EA planning and design process (see table below)
If you have any questions or concerns regarding planning for the future urban area, or would like to add your name to our mailing list, please contact one of the following:
Development Manager, North District
101 Downtown Blvd., Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3
Phone: 905.477.7000 ext. 4960
Stephen Kitagawa, MCIP. RPA
Lead Planner, Growth Management and Secondary Plans
101 Downtown Blvd., Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3
Phone: 905.477.7000 ext. 2531