Rate of Intensification
Area of Focus: Thriving
Cumulative Intensification Rate, 2006-2016
Source: Statistics Canada; Peel Data Centre.
Why is this important?
- "Intensification" refers to new, additional development in areas that already are built up.
- The Province says that intensification helps municipalities make better use of existing infrastructure, community services and amenities.
- According to the Region of Peel Official Plan, at least 4 out of every 10 new residential units constructed annually should be within the built-up area of Peel, starting in 2015
How is this measured?
- Building permit data is used to determine the proportion of residential units constructed in the built-up areas of Peel versus residential units to be built in designated greenfield areas.
What progress are we making?
- Peel is falling short of the target residential intensification rate, and most new residential units have been built in undeveloped areas.
- In Mississauga, residential intensification rates have increased and represent 100% of residential building permits in 2016.
- In Caledon, intensification rates have increased after a long period of low intensification.
- In Brampton, residential intensification rates have declined.
- Residential intensification rates increased rapidly after the introduction of the Growth Plan, and slowed when early intensification opportunities were used up.
- As new intensification opportunities appeared in 2016, intensification rates increased across Peel.
- In 2016, although residential intensification rates vary across Peel, the Region exceeded its Official Plan requirement to achieve intensification rates of 40% or more.