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Is the Study Area already designated for employment uses?
Yes, the Study Area is designated “Urban Area” with an “Employment Area” overlay in the Regional Official Plan and “Phase 2B Employment Area” in the Town’s Official Plan which will be developed for prestige industrial uses to the 2031 horizon. The Study Area is also recognized as provincially significant employment lands by provincial policy.
Why do the subject lands require a Secondary Plan?
The Region and Town Official Plans require preparation of Secondary Plans for any development in the Study Area. Secondary Plans must reflect the general policy context including creating efficient land use and development patterns.
Is the Natural Heritage System (NHS) identified in the Study Area? How does this impact the area and the project?
Yes, it is identified in both the Regional and Town Official Plans and while it may be refined through further study, its ongoing protection is required by Provincial, Regional and Town policy.
How is the Premier Gateway Phase 2B Project different than the Premier Gateway Phase 1B Project?
The Premier Gateway Phase 1B Project started in 2015 to develop land use designations and policies for the Phase 1B Employment Area in Halton Hills, which is located north of Steeles, between Sixth Line and Eighth Line, and identify the location of up to 75 hectares of land to be designated for employment and added to the Premier Gateway Employment Area. On June 11, 2018, Council for the Town of Halton Hills adopted by by-law, Official Plan Amendment No. 30, Official Plan Amendment No 31A and Official Plan Amendment No. 31B regarding the Premier Gateway Phase 1B Secondary Plan. The Notice of Adoption was completed on June 20, 2018. The Secondary Plan is currently under review and awating Regional Approval .
The Premier Gateway Phase 2B Project started in the spring of 2020 to develop land use designations and policies for the Phase 2B Employment Area in Halton Hills, which is located north of Steeles, between Tenth Line and Winston Churchill. A Scoped Subwatershed Study and a series of other background studies will be prepared to better understand the opportunities and constraints to development in the area. The Project is expected to be completed by Winter 2022.