Objectives 

The City of Brantford intensification strategy will address the following objectives:

  • Assess the capability of the City to reach the P2G targets in the designated areas
  • Identify new intensification areas or expand on existing areas – if necessary;
  • Identify and conceptualize the scale and type (i.e. built form, density, mix of uses) of development appropriate for the various intensification areas;
  • Assess the adequacy of municipal services (storm sewers, sanitary sewer, and municipal water) and community infrastructure (i.e. public facilities, parks, services, transit, roads, active transportation and parking) to achieve the required levels of intensification for identified and conceptualized intensification scenarios;
  • Review/Update the current inventory of residential, commercial, and industrial land;
  • Develop urban design guidelines as they relate to intensification projects;
  • Develop an educational guide to intensification for public distribution which identifies the issues surrounding intensification and how it can be achieved within the City and  demonstrate what intensification could look like;
  • Recommend appropriate evaluation criteria for the consideration of intensification proposals. Criteria should address matters such as, but not be limited to:
    • Compatibility/suitability with existing area
    • Relationship between density, massing and height of existing and proposed buildings
    • Urban design
    • Setback of existing developments from the street
    • Lot coverage/floor space of existing and proposed development
    • Building materials and design of existing and proposed development
    • Location of access to existing and proposed development
    • Minimum and maximum permitted densities
    • Shadow impacts
    • Existing built and natural environment
    • Transit supportive densities/proximity to transit facilities
    • Connections to existing trails system
    • Contributions to attractive, safe, and comfortable pedestrian environments
    • Cultural and natural heritage impacts
    • Traffic impacts
    • Documentation of stakeholder concerns and responses throughout process
    • Conduct a planning policy review
  • Assess the market potential of the City (housing/demographics) to accommodate intensification and identify opportunities and challenges to intensification;
  • Recommend policy changes and incentives to enhance the viability of development opportunities and increase population and population related employment. While ensuring the character and stability of established residential neighbourhoods and commercial areas are maintained and enhanced; and
  • Develop a policy framework (i.e. Official Plan – Zoning Bylaw) that will provide guidance and direction to achieve intensification targets established by P2G.