When the Official Plan was reviewed in 2009, City Council and the Ontario Municipal Board approved a number of urban expansion areas to support the population projected in 2031. The Leitrim Development Area is one such area.
Before the lands can be developed as part of the urban area, comprehensive studies are required in the form of a Master Servicing Update, and an Environmental Management Plan. This implements the policies of Developing Community (Expansion Area) of the Official Plan to the specific area and will be the result of the collected efforts of the stakeholders. General information regarding the Urban Expansion Area process may be found in Section 3.12 of the Official Plan. The designation of Developing Community (Expansion Area) on Schedule B and Urban Area on Schedule A contributes to the provision of sufficient urban land to support the residential demands of the projected population. These lands, none of which is very large, will develop primarily for residential purposes, although minor, non-residential uses to meet the needs of a neighbourhood may also be located here. The policies of this section will be achieved through the preparation of a plan of subdivision.
The Urban Expansion Area process will be integrated with the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. EA approval is required for municipal infrastructure such as water, sanitary and storm sewers, roads and transit. The integrated process allows approvals, reviews and public consultations to be co-ordinated. Requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be satisfied.
In 2012, as per Official Plan Amendment 76 (OPA 76), the City increased its urban envelope by over 900 hectares. Part of the urban expansion occurred in the Leitrim Development Area (LDA). Specifically, OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b were added to the LDA resulting in an additional 87.2 hectares of urban land. OPA 76 urban expansion areas were not included in the servicing strategy for the original 2005 LDA lands Community Design Plan. Therefore, an updated servicing plan for the LDA has been prepared. Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) have also been prepared to provide the technical background required to meet the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process for the urban expansion areas. The main objectives of the EMPs documents were to identify and assess the natural features present on-site, and develop and evaluate stormwater servicing options for the subject lands.
The updated Serviceability Report Class EA for the LDA was prepared by the engineering consultants on behalf of EA proponents, the area developers. The City was responsible for coordination, review and approval of the recommended stormwater management, water supply, and wastewater servicing plans to ensure that they meet City guidelines and objectives of the City's Infrastructure Master Plan.
Following Planning Committee and Council approval, the September 2016 Updated Serviceability report for Leitrim Development Area Planning Class Environmental Assessment Report will be posted for the 30-day public review period.
Updated Serviceability Report
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 1 to 4 [ PDF 8.667 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 5 [ PDF 8.212 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 6 to 6.3.3 [ PDF 6.955 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.3 to 6.3.4 [ PDF 8.670 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.3 page 67a [ PDF 5.607 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.4 to 6.4 [ PDF 9.532 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 6.4 to 7 [ PDF 9.780 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 7 to 11 [ PDF 8.539 ]
Leitrim Environmental Management Plans (EMP)
Two EMPs were prepared for the Leitrim Expansion Area: Leitrim Remer-Idone 8a EMP, and the Leitrim East 9a/9b EMP. The EMP identifies natural heritage system features and additional requirements to support future development proposals in the Leitrim Development Area. The EMP is to be implemented through the Leitrim Serviceability Update and associated Planning Act applications for Urban Expansion Areas 8a (Idone Lands), 9a (Claridge) and 9b (Urbandale).
The development horizon for the Leitrim Development Area is expected to span a number of years, and will proceed in stages in which individual blocks will be developed. It will be important to determine a logical schedule for construction and implementation of the stormwater management infrastructure, such that the development phasing will not have any negative impacts on Findlay Creek and the adjacent Leitrim and Casino Provincially Significant Wetlands. The owners will be expected to fulfill regulatory requirements of provincial and federal agencies, as outlined in the final EMP documentation.
Environmental Management Plan for the Urban Expansion Land Areas 9a and 9b [ PDF 11.424 MB ]
Environmental Management Plan for the Remer and Idone Lands [ PDF 1.081 MB ]
Environmental Management Plan for the Remer and Idone Lands Figures [ PDF 16.746 ]