VMC Secondary Plan Update

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The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is the City’s emerging downtown and central business district. It is poised to be the financial, innovation and cultural centre of the City, with a vibrant sense of place and a high-quality public realm linked by a network of parks, public squares and open spaces. The VMC will be a complete and balanced community with a variety of building types and a mix of uses – including residential, office and retail – that are transit-supportive and pedestrian-friendly.

Due to rapid growth in the area and changes to provincial and regional policies, the City initiated an update to the existing VMC Secondary Plan (VMCSP) in fall 2020. The updated VMCSP will serve as a blueprint for the successful growth of Vaughan’s downtown by establishing a plan for new roads, bike paths, pedestrian walkways, new open spaces and parks, land use, height and density permissions, and key infrastructure requirements.

We are updating the VMCSP to ensure future growth is co-ordinated and in sync with the improvements needed to support visiting, living, working and playing in Vaughan’s downtown. The updated VMCSP will provide a renewed policy framework that supports the completion of a downtown and central business district as a complete community that is well supported by municipal services and social infrastructure to 2051 and beyond.


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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

We want to hear from you! Where would you like to see offices, retail and civic facilities (community and cultural centres, libraries, etc.) located in the VMC?

The City has developed two land use options – plans that propose how land in the VMC should be used and what building types are permitted, as well as where retail and community amenities like parks and civic facilities should go.

Share your thoughts on the two proposed options! Register to attend a virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 7 p.m. to learn more about each land use option and ask questions.

Can’t make the meeting? A recording of the Community Meeting will be available for review following the meeting under the “Project Information” tab below.


The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is the City’s emerging downtown and central business district. It is poised to be the financial, innovation and cultural centre of the City, with a vibrant sense of place and a high-quality public realm linked by a network of parks, public squares and open spaces. The VMC will be a complete and balanced community with a variety of building types and a mix of uses – including residential, office and retail – that are transit-supportive and pedestrian-friendly.

Due to rapid growth in the area and changes to provincial and regional policies, the City initiated an update to the existing VMC Secondary Plan (VMCSP) in fall 2020. The updated VMCSP will serve as a blueprint for the successful growth of Vaughan’s downtown by establishing a plan for new roads, bike paths, pedestrian walkways, new open spaces and parks, land use, height and density permissions, and key infrastructure requirements.

We are updating the VMCSP to ensure future growth is co-ordinated and in sync with the improvements needed to support visiting, living, working and playing in Vaughan’s downtown. The updated VMCSP will provide a renewed policy framework that supports the completion of a downtown and central business district as a complete community that is well supported by municipal services and social infrastructure to 2051 and beyond.


Decorative image with "Get Involved" written on it.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

We want to hear from you! Where would you like to see offices, retail and civic facilities (community and cultural centres, libraries, etc.) located in the VMC?

The City has developed two land use options – plans that propose how land in the VMC should be used and what building types are permitted, as well as where retail and community amenities like parks and civic facilities should go.

Share your thoughts on the two proposed options! Register to attend a virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 7 p.m. to learn more about each land use option and ask questions.

Can’t make the meeting? A recording of the Community Meeting will be available for review following the meeting under the “Project Information” tab below.


  • What We've Heard

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    Public consultation in Phase 1 (November 2020 – March 2021) included an online public survey and a month-long virtual Public Open House.

    Citizens were asked to share their experiences within the VMC and to provide ideas and preferences for the area’s future, including travel patterns to and from the VMC and uses for the places and spaces within the downtown core.

    Over 350 people responded to the online survey and told us:

    • They like how close the VMC is to public transit, major highways and amenities.
    • They are concerned about congestion with traffic and people, as well as access to park space.
    • Their top three most critical issues regarding building a successful downtown core are:
    1. developing more parks and open spaces;
    2. implementing community services and facilities; and
    3. ensuring sufficient parking.


    The month-long Virtual Public Open House included a series of three short videos, discussion forum and interactive ideas board. Over 350 members of the public explored the engagement page and 53 people contributed ideas and suggestions. We heard that a future vision of VMC should include:

    • housing variety (including rental units, affordable housing and family-sized units)
    • small, local retail and dining
    • a hub for arts, culture and entertainment
    • built form variety and high-quality design
    • a connected transportation network
    • public spaces for building community


    Read the Phase 1 Engagement Summary here.

  • About the VMC Secondary Plan Update

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    Introducing the VMC Secondary Plan Update


    Current Secondary Plan: Vision and Principles

    Progress to Date and Issues



Page last updated: 10 May 2022, 10:03 AM