Brampton sets sustainability standards for new development

Brampton city council has approved a recommendation for all new development applications. They must achieve, at minimum, a bronze threshold sustainability score as outlined in the city’s sustainable community development guidelines.

Along with the City of Vaughan and the Town of Richmond Hill, Brampton developed the sustainability assessment tool to evaluate the environmental sustainability performance of new development applications. Qualitative measures can then be used to guide developers in the planning and development of new communities and buildings. In turn, review and evaluation of various development plans can be carried out objectively using these same qualitative measures.

The tool outlines more than 50 sustainability measurements, giving developers in Brampton a wide range of options to achieve the bronze threshold requirement. To meet the threshold, development applications must score in ranges between 29 and 52 points, depending on the type of plan.

“By requiring development applications to achieve a minimum sustainability score, the city is paving the way for more sustainable development,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “We are confident the development community will fully embrace this opportunity to help our local environment, and we look forward to seeing Brampton continue to develop in a more environmentally responsible manner.”

The new requirement supports sustainability as a key theme of the Brampton 2040 Vision. Started in September 2017, the Brampton 2040 Vision initiative brought together the ideas of thousands of Brampton citizens to transform the city over the next quarter century.

The objective is for Brampton to become a model contemporary suburb that promotes liveability, sustainability, competitiveness and resiliency, while identifing direction for the future.
Leading to 2040, the city will prioritize sustainability and resiliency through integrative planning and development that considers the long-term impact on people, planet and profit.

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Image, courtesy of the City of Brampton, a rendering of the city in 2040.

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