Municipal Comprehensive Review of Commercial and Employment Lands Report 

Report Cover, Municipal Comprehensive Review of Commercial and Employment Lands ReportThe Municipal Comprehensive Review of Commercial and Employment Lands Report is an analysis of the supply and demand for land that will guide planning strategies to meet the City's long-term employment and commercial land needs based on provincial growth forecasts to the year 2041.

In accordance with provincial regulations the City of Brantford can only consider conversions of employment land to non-employment uses through a Municipal Comprehensive Review initiated by the City at the time of an Official Plan review.

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Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) of Commercial and Employment Lands Report, February 2015 (1.5MB) and Report Appendices (8.4MB)

The Municipal Comprehensive Review of Commercial and Employment Lands Report was informed by the Employment Lands Supply Background Paper that addressed the following topics:

- What Are Employment Lands
- The Purpose of the Employment Lands Study
- Existing Province of Ontario Policies
- Issues and Key Policy Direction

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What Are Employment Lands

Employment Lands in the City of Brantford are home to a range of industrial-type jobs, including those in the following sector:

  • Manufacturing
  • Research and development
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Wholesale trade

Purpose of the Employment Lands Study

The purpose this study is to assess employment land supply and market demand for these lands over a 25 year period. The result of the Employment Lands Study is an indication of the vitality of the industrial market in Brantford, and will assist in making recommendations to ensure a healthy supply of lands are available to accommodate economic growth, as well as job creation, over the next 25 years.

Issues and Key Policy Direction

The following table summarizes the Employment Land issues related to the current policy framework and any requirements to implement related Provincial legislation. The purpose of the following table is to generate input and discussion on the issues and the proposed key policy directions that are being considered for the new Official Plan policies. 

Identified Issues Key Policy Directions Proposed

Provincial employment targets under the Places to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe are intended to achieve a balance between population and employment growth, as part of a complete community. Employment growth targets also make sure jobs are available in Brantford, and help the municipality remain financially sustainable through the employment land tax base. 

The land demand scenarios undertaken as part of the Municipal Comprehensive Review of Employment Land Supply indicate that the City of Brantford does not have an adequate supply of vacant employment land to meet its projected employment growth target to 2041.

Recognize provincial employment growth targets as part of the local policy framework for achieving complete communities and a financially sustainable municipal tax base.
While a ten-year supply of vacant, serviced industrial lands is a preferred target for strategic economic development purposes, Brantford currently only has a four-year supply, based on projected rate of land absorption. Implement a strong policy framework in the new Official Plan to protect the existing supply of Employment Land from conversion to other uses, in accordance with the Provincial Policy Statement, Places to Grow Growth Plan, and the Planning Act.
The Planning Act, Places to Grow Growth Plan, and the Provincial Policy Statement provide substantial legislative and policy support for the protection of employment land inventories. Conversion of existing employment lands can only be facilitated through a Municipal Comprehensive Review that ensures the City fully explores and understands the long-term supply of and demand for employment lands, and can achieve its objectives for ensuring a balance between jobs and housing, as part of a complete community. Same as above.
Issues and Policy Directions: Employment Lands

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Please share your feedback by contacting Nicole Wilmot, Manager of Policy Planning, by email or by telephone at 519-759-4150.

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