Work Program & Schedule
**NOTE: THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED AND APPROVED BY COUNCIL, AS PART OF AN OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT, IN 2008. THE FOLLOWING IS AN OUTLINE OF THE MAIN ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE WORK PROGRAM.**
- Review all documentation associated with the development of the southwest sector of Brantford, and, in particular, those documents listed in Section 7 of the Terms of Reference;
- Compile topographic and soils information for the study area;
- Conduct a Stage I Archaeological Assessment of Study Area “A” and “C” to identify potential archaeological resources that require further investigation and possible mitigation within the context of future development;
- Conduct an inventory and analysis of existing heritage resources to identify those resources that are worthy of designation under the Ontario Heritage Act and indicate how such resources may be protected within the context of the development of the area;
- Review all documentation relating to sanitary sewer servicing demands associated with the development of the Southwest area, including available treatment plant capacity;
- Review existing and proposed road network and existing and forecasted traffic volumes for the area;
- Review of the existing and proposed transit system and identify factors affecting extension of transit service to and through the study area;
- Review the Multi-Use Trail/Bikeway Implementation Plan and identify how this system can be extended through the area and how new development areas can be connected to the existing and proposed multi-use trail/bikeway system;
- Review and use of population and residential projections as identified in the City of Brantford’s Affordable Housing Strategy and the City’s Population, Household & Employment Forecast to justify recommended residential densities to be developed within the Secondary Plan Study Area. Furthermore, take into account information from the Official Plan Review process as well as the Growth Management Study projects, initiated in July 2005;
- Review the commercial land needs for the Southwest area in the context of the existing and potential commercial structure in the southwest quadrant of the City, in light of current industry standards and determine the appropriate, type, amount and form of commercial land use to be developed within the study area;
- Review with the respective school boards the need for additional elementary and secondary school facilities for the southwest area for both the Separate and Public school systems and identify appropriate locational characteristics and land requirements for new school facilities within the study area;
- Review the need for additional active and passive parkland and community facilities for the southwest area and identify the need for and appropriate locations for park and community facilities within the study area. This review will include assessing the locational characteristics and land requirements for a multi-use/functioning community centre proposed for the Southwest sector;
- Conduct an environmental inventory using field visits to apply the Ecological Land Classification System for Southern Ontario at 1:2000 level of detail and prepare a report on findings including data tables, identification of significant species and the mapping of vegetative polygons in ArcVIEW shape file format;
- Review the “Low Density residential area designation and Modified Policy Area 7 designation for the lands to the west of the former TH & B rail line (Study Area “C”). This designation essentially allows estate residential development to occur within this area without full municipal services. Analyse the potential impact of such development on the D’Aubigny Creek watershed and recommend appropriate boundaries for the environmental control and protection policy areas, while being consistent with the PPS 2005;;
- Review all documentation related to storm water management requirements associated with the development of the Southwest area, including the D‘Aubigny Creek Master Watershed Study and implementation reports. Prepare a sub-watershed plan for the Study Area that will verify and update the recommendations for Zones “B” and “C” of the D’Aubigny Creek Watershed Plan, the boundaries of which are indicated in Appendix “D”, to ensure that:
. 1 the recommended stormwater management pond volumes associated with the Zone “B” and “C” preferred alternatives are valid and conform to current Ministry of the Environment guidelines;
. 2 major overland flow route systems are consistent with the road patterns north and south of Shellard Lane;
. 3 there are no conflicts with minor drainage systems; and
. 4 any proposed stormwater facilities and practices comply with current Grand River Conservation Authority and Ministry of the Environment guidelines;
. 5 the Plan is consistent with the requirements of PPS 2005 in regards to the protection, improvement or restoration of the quality and quantity of water within the area; and
. 6 storm water management implementation issues, including access to storm water management areas, and financing options are also addressed and appropriate recommendations prepared for consideration by the City.
- Prepare 3 alternative preliminary plans to:
. 1 reflect projected housing needs and demand;
. 2 configure land use patterns to meet identified requirements for residential, commercial, schools, parks and community facilities;
. 3 reflect limits of developable areas as governed by site characteristics, significant environmental and heritage resources and other design criteria;
. 4 show the proposed transportation layout, including all internal roads;
. 5 incorporate servicing requirements, including storm water management facilities designed to meet the requirements of the sub-watershed study;
. 6 incorporate innovative measures to improve traffic safety for road users such as roundabouts, traffic calming and pedestrian crossings and accessibility where necessary into the street layout;
. 7 incorporate varying levels of housing densities and housing types to be consistent with PPS as well as the changing needs of the community; and
. 8 address reverse fronting of lots where required along major roads.
- Conduct a comparative analysis of each of the preliminary plans on the basis of land use distribution and yields, transportation road hierarchies, circulation patterns and transportation network impacts; servicing capabilities, including storm water management facilities, potential impacts on environmental and heritage resources and estimated costs and benefits.
Impacts on the transportation network should include all users (pedestrians/disabled, transit, cyclists and vehicles). The impacts on Shellard Lane should include vehicular impacts at intersections with BSAR and Colborne Street West (i.e. will widening be required or other signalization), Conklin Road impacts should also be included south of Shellard Lane including need for signals, pedestrian safety, and auxiliary lanes in order to determine the ROW that is necessary for the boundary roads.
- Prepare urban design guidelines for the Study Area that will take into account, community safety based on the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, "walkability", transit and other street users, lotting and fencing along major roads, community gateways, access to parks, schools, community facilities, major open space, bikeways and trails, commercial areas, and the principals of universal design in order to provide for a barrier free community.
- Identify and consider urban design issues relating to utilities, such as, Bell Canada vaults and service boxes, hydro vaults, cable utility boxes and Canada Post boxes.
- Based on input received from the public, affected property owners, and the project Technical Committee, a preferred preliminary plan will be selected. In support of the preferred preliminary plan, provide documentation suitable for an Official Plan Amendment and subsequent draft plans of subdivision. This documentation shall include the following:
. 1 a statement of principles upon which the preferred concept is based and upon which to guide the preparation and evaluation of subsequent implementation plans;
. 2 a description and analysis of the proposed land use distribution, including the proposed housing mix, lot and block sizes, yields, densities, acreages, schools, parks and community facilities;|
. 3 an analysis of the proposed transportation network, including the proposed road hierarchy, potential traffic volumes, potential transit routes, impact on Shellard Lane, identification of where traffic signalization will be required, safe pedestrian and cycling movements, and how the trail and bikeway network will be connected to the road extensions in the area;
. 4 a report on preliminary servicing details, with drawings, on recommended methods of sanitary sewer design and the provision of water, hydro, gas, telephone and cable services in the study area;
. 5 preliminary engineering design and report for all recommended storm water management facilities; a storm water management plan and report addressing storm water quality and quantity controls based on major/minor storm drainage systems consistent with the recommendations of the sub-watershed plan referred to in Item # 14 of the work plan.
. 6 a description of how significant natural, heritage and archaeological resources are to be managed within the preferred preliminary plan
. 7 a plan for the staging of development;
. 8 how the concept plan is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan for the GGH;
. 9 recommended strategy for implementing and financing the storm water management program; and
. 10 urban design guidelines including supporting recommendations for zoning bylaw amendments required to implement the guidelines;
The consultant will keep abreast of changes in provincial planning policies and provide information and consult with appropriate provincial ministries throughout the study to ensure that recommendations are consistent with provincial planning policies.