High-rise tower part of plans to build homes for 35,000 people in Brampton


Published March 18, 2024 at 1:08 pm

A rendering of the proposed 23-storey residential tower in Brampton.

A vacant lot could soon be the home of a 23-storey high-rise development project and redevelopment plans that could house tens of thousands of Brampton residents, according to the city.

The proposed project is at the corner of Castlemore Road and The Gore Road in Brampton’s the Highway 427 Industrial Secondary Plan Area, which would see the empty 0.90-hectare site turned into a multi-use housing tower and townhouse block.

At 23-stories tall, the proposed tower is located in between Highway 8 and Highway 50 would have some 270 units as well as a four-storey podium-style building with commercial spaces at ground level and more apartments above. The site plan also includes six three-storey townhouses, underground parking and outdoor amenity areas.

But the city says the application is just one of twenty submitted for the area on Brampton’s west side, dubbed Block Plan Areas 47-1 and 47-2.

The city says that collectively the block plans could bring more than 10,400 residential units to Brampton with an expected population of approximately 35,987 people.

Developers have applied for a zoning change to move forward with the tower proposal, which is in a holding pattern with the city as a number of studies related to the site still need to be finalized. But a report to committee this week says that technical studies for the application “have been sufficiently satisfied” to move ahead.

“Secondary Plan Area 47 will be a complete community which includes a variety of housing typologies, a range of employment areas, parkland and trails and future improvements to necessary infrastructure including roads, watermains, sanitary sewers and stormwater management ponds,” the report reads.

If approved, the block plan projects could support approximately 3,516 jobs in Brampton “based on the commercial designations proposed within the block plan area,” according to the report.

The report will go to the city’s Planning and Development Committee meeting on Monday with the rezoning expected to be approved “as the proposal is in the public interest.”

“The application is appropriate for the orderly development of the lands and represents good planning,” the report reads.

With the city’s population on the rise, Premier Doug Ford has said Brampton is on track to become Ontario’s second-largest city.

Housing stock and affordability have been hot-button issues in Brampton and for city council, with Mayor Patrick Brown saying he wants to speed up the development process and cut down on bureaucracy at the Region of Peel to make Brampton one of the easiest places to build homes in Canada.

The federal government recently pledged $114 million in funding to fast-track the construction of 3,150 homes in the next three years and some 24,000 homes over the next decade, while Queen’s Park has committed a $25.5 million funding boost for Brampton meeting its provincial housing targets.

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