Bramalea SNAP Draft Action Plan

Please take a moment to review the Draft Action Plan below, including the neighbourhood systems, integrated projects, design principles, and implementation partners.

This plan was developed based on broad community engagement.

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Bramalea SNAP draft action plan map

Draft Action Plan Systems and Integrated Initiatives

Co-developed with community and partners, the Draft Action Plan includes a set of neighbourhood systems and innovative initiatives and projects to achieve our shared objectives.

Learn more about their unique design objectives, potential features, and key implementation partners.

System of Eco Parks and Green Infrastructure

Applying an “Ecopark” approach, a series of natural heritage enhancement, creek restoration, and public space revitalization projects extending green infrastructure from parks into backyards and streets.

The following is based on co-design workshops with residents, local organizations, and government staff.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR THIS AREA:

  • Create safe and welcoming spaces
  • Support thriving natural systems
  • Be engaging, attractive, draw for residents
  • Support healthy active living, for all ages
  • Be climate friendly: resilient, saving GHGs
  • Support community: Local employment and skills training, community-based projects

POTENTIAL FEATURES/PROJECTS:

  • Creek re-naturalization
  • Tree planting and naturalization, meadows, bird and bee habitat
  • Community garden, cooking space
  • Weekend event area, picnic area
  • Benches, seating, shade structure/gazebo
  • Waste and recycling receptacles, clean ups
  • Labyrinth, amphitheater, art walk, walking destinations
  • Improved natural playground, adult equipment/outdoor fitness
  • Washrooms
  • Outdoor classroom, demonstration area, interpretive signage
  • Multi-use trails, lighting, CPTED
  • Skating path

Heart Lake medicine wheel garden Medicine wheel garden.

POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS:

  • City, Region, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
  • Residents, community champions
  • Bramalea Community Network
  • Schools, teacher champions, school board councils
  • Garden clubs
  • Commercial partners: Canadian Tire, Google, sports academies
  • NGOs: Ecosource, Evergreen, YMCA
  • Libraries, PAMA
  • Police

 

The following is based on co-design workshops with residents, local organizations, and government staff.

DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR THIS AREA:

  • Safe, welcoming, source of pride
  • Hub for community activities, events
  • Access, physical connectivity
  • Supporting education, healthy active living
  • Balance of nature and community uses
  • Supporting community: hub for residents, community-based projects, local employment, and skills training

POTENTIAL FEATURES/PROJECTS:

  • Community gardens, incorporate biodiversity
  • Washrooms
  • Safety workshops, lighting, visibility
  • Community space, outdoor venue (amphitheater), art shows, outdoor games (chess)
  • Outdoor classroom, outdoor library, study space
  • Improved natural playground, adult equipment/outdoor fitness
  • Connection with Chinguacousy Park
  • Benches, seating, picnic tables, shade
  • Free WiFi, sustainable lighting
  • Waste and recycling receptacles, clean ups
  • Better, greener parking, shared parking

outdoor amphitheatre Outdoor amphitheater. Image courtesy of Kirsten Bradley.

POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS:

  • City, Region, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
  • Residents, community champions
  • Sheridan College – Student Design Lab
  • Day cares
  • Local grocery store
  • Library
  • Bramalea City Centre
  • YMCA
  • Ecosource
  • Nearby building owners

 

BRAMPTON ECO PARK

Brampton Eco Park is Made Up of a Network of Eco Spaces

The Brampton 2040 Vision calls for the formation of Brampton Eco Park. Based on three core criteria and a set of guiding principles, a network of city spaces, including parks, natural heritage features, and streetscapes will be established into Eco Spaces with the intention of forming a green framework across the city called Brampton Eco Park. The following is from the City of Brampton Eco Park Strategy.

Conceptual image of Brampton Eco Park evolution

Conceptual image of Brampton Eco Park evolution. Image courtesy of City of Brampton.

What is an Eco Space?

An Eco Space is a green area within Brampton that strengthens the coexistence of people and the environment by:

  • Enhancing and maintaining healthy natural systems and processes
  • Integrating opportunities for meaningful social and environmental interactions and experiences
  • Actively striving to incorporate the seven guiding Eco Park principles

Spectrum of Eco Spaces

Eco Spaces can and will be found in natural and urban areas across Brampton and reflect the needs of the local natural environment and Brampton community. They fall within a spectrum of “green”. The spectrum reflects the different forms Eco Spaces may emerge as, emphasizing that there is no one Eco Space design.

Conceptual representation of the Eco Park Spectrum

Conceptual representation of the Eco Park Spectrum. Image courtesy of City of Brampton.

Brampton Eco Park will reflect local character, provide unique social services, build community cohesion, protect and support City infrastructure while conserving, enhancing, and restoring Brampton’s natural landscapes. Brampton Eco Park will foster local stewardship and pride, encourage active and connected communities, and help build attractive neighborhoods, all the while helping connect people with nature, responsibly.

Eco Park Principles

Natural systems and features are protected, enhanced, and managed to create healthy natural systems that maintain ecological processes and functions as well as a diverse community of life forms.

 

Nature and its ecosystem services are made visible by creating experiences within the park that allow visitors to reconnect with nature and interact with the ecological systems nature provides.

 

Eco Spaces integrate and connect with the local and wider community, landscape, and natural system including through physical, environmental, social, and economic mechanisms such as trail networks, ecological connectivity, community programs, and local business partnerships.

 

Eco Spaces are constructed to reflect the cultural and demographic identity and social needs of the local community as well as local use and enjoyment of the area. Eco Spaces strive to encourage all local residents and visitors to visit Eco Spaces and build a positive relationship with nature.

 

Opportunities are provided on site for passive, social, recreational, health, and cultural/community activities, programs and/or services through environmentally sustainable mechanisms.

 

The design, construction, and maintenance of the site minimizes environmental impacts by integrating itself with natural processes. This maintains, and can even enhance, natural systems and ensures the mitigation of impacts to the environment, during all life stages.

 

 

Finding opportunities to integrate technological access through sustainable means are supported. Eco Spaces also foster and adopt social, environmental, and technical innovations to implement on site such as innovative solutions to more environmentally sustainable methods, construction, and design.

 

 

 

 

Safe and Active Transportation Network

A series of improvements to the existing pedestrian and cycling routes, including safe pedestrian crossings and multi-objective road diets improvements in key areas.

  • Multi-objective Road Diets and Pedestrian Realm Improvements
    • Multi-objective “Road Diets” on Kings Cross Road, Balmoral Drive, Finchgate Boulevard, Eastbourne Drive (e.g. reduced car lanes, introduce bike lanes, seating, trees, bioswales, etc.)
    • New multi-purpose trail to connect walking and cycling along Clark Boulevard from Finchgate Boulevard to Eastbourne Drive
    • A series of pedestrian safety improvements at key road crossing locations, and exploring new pedestrian crossings in some locations
    • Traffic calming measures (e.g. improved speed signs, traffic calming measures, better school drop-off zones)
    • Recreational Trail improvements (e.g. sign and wayfinding, better connections)
    • Bus stop improvements (e.g. natural/pollinator garden roofs)

A road diet is a roadway configuration that usually involves narrowing or eliminating travel lanes to calm traffic and increase the safety of all road users. It’s about reclaiming street space for other roadway users.

WHAT DOES A ROAD DIET LOOK LIKE?

Examples of what a road diet can include:

  • Widening sidewalks
  • Adding bike lanes
  • Reducing the number of automobile lanes
  • Reducing the width of automobile lanes
  • Adding vegetation like street trees or planters
  • Making the sidewalk-to-sidewalk distance in crosswalks shorter
  • Using bulb-outs/bump-outs or curb extensions
  • Painting crosswalks to make them more noticeable
  • Creating “parkettes” using former road space
aerial image of road diet measures implemented in City of Mississauga
aerial image of road diet measures implemented near Living Arts Centre in City of Mississauga

Images courtesy of City of Mississauga.

 

 

Healthy Local Food System

A series of interconnected urban agriculture initiatives on private and public land to support local growing, sharing, distribution, food literacy education, and skills building (e.g. preparation, preservation, etc.).

  • Urban Agriculture initiatives: Community gardens, container/backyard gardens, food distribution hub

vegetable garden with planter boxes Image courtesy of City of Brampton.

 

Home and Building Efficiency and Resilience

Indoor and outdoor retrofits to residential properties, from single family home to high rise towers, including increasing uptake in tree planting and sustainable landscapes, food growing and sharing, active living, home energy and water retrofits, and supportive programming. It could also extend to shared systems between buildings.

The following is based on co-design workshops with residents, local organizations and government staff.

Design Principles for this Area:

  • Growing, preparing food
  • Active, healthy living
  • More trees, green infrastructure
  • Connections between towers, explore shared uses
  • Eco-construction methods
  • Climate resilience and building efficiency
  • Community building, local employment, skills training

Design Building Resiliency Measures:

  • Back-up generators
  • Elevator safety
  • Emergency plans
  • Solar panels
  • Supportive mitigation measures (energy, water retrofits)
residents participate in community gardening at San Romanoway Towers
local residents participate in sustainability project at San Romanoway Towers in the Black Creek SNAP neighbourhood
resident takes part in balcony gardening program at San Romanoway Towers

Potential Features/Projects:

  • Community garden, planter boxes
  • Roof top gardens
  • Tree planting, flowers
  • Natural playground, fitness equipment
  • Shade structures
  • Seating and tables
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Bike hub
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Babysitting program, children’s programs
  • Rainwater capture and use, parking lot greening
  • Explore organics pick up and materials reuse initiatives
  • Solar panels, alternative energy
  • On-site events
  • Safe pedestrian crossing connections
  • Connections to nearby parks

Potential Collaborators:

  • Peel Living, CAPREIT
  • TRCA, City of Brampton, Region of Peel (Public Health)
  • Local gyms
  • City councilors
  • Ecosource
  • Daycare centre
  • Library
  • Bramalea city centre
  • YMCA
  • families of virtue
  • Boys and girls club
  • Bramalea Academy
  • Peel Police
  • After school programs
  • Schools (volunteers)
  • Places of worship
  • Bramalea Community Network
  • Tenants
  • ACER

 

The following is based on a resident survey as well as co-design workshops with residents, local organizations and government staff.

This initiative includes a targeted outreach program to homeowners living in detached, semi and town homes (mostly E and F), to encourage sustainable indoor and outdoor home and property improvement and retrofit.

  • Encourage homeowners to undertake sustainable action at home: Fusion landscapes, tree planting, rainwater harvesting, food growing/sharing, home energy and water retrofits
  • Address what resident’s value and what they consider when making home improvement: saving on utility bills, resale value, curb appeal, home comfort, climate change and environment
  • Overcome barriers to undertaking these actions: upfront costs, already have trees/landscaping, limited space, knowledge of what to plant
  • Respond to resident’s keen interests: gardening (flowers, food)
  • Respond to what residents indicated they prefer for support: internet resources, incentives, prizes, home consultation, local workshops
vegetable garden
homeowner caulks around window

 

 

Institutional and Commercial Collaboration and Greening

One-on-one engagement and collaboration to increase uptake in greening initiatives, including energy and water retrofits, green parking lots, sustainable landscaping, tree planting, sustainable energy (e.g. solar, geothermal), and district energy.

 

Community Resilience

Programming and events to further support community connections, capacity-building, education, arts and culture.

  • Bramalea Community Network continued leadership
  • Local resident meetings and shared projects
  • More annual events and pop-up initiatives
  • Ongoing School Travel Plan (STP) coordination
  • Educational experiences for all ages
  • Crowdsourced funding initiatives

local community residents participate in SNAP neighbourhood event

 

Shared Action Plan Objectives

The following set of comprehensive objectives was co-developed by community and partners as part of the action planning process.

These objectives combine residents’ motivating interests and municipal and watershed priorities. They have guided the development of the action plan and will help to measure success in the long term.

Select each objective below for a detailed description.

Residents live happy, healthy lives, practicing good diet and lifestyle behaviors resulting in better physical and mental health outcomes. They have access to affordable, healthy food options and local urban agriculture, as well as nature, supporting nourishment of the most vulnerable community members. Residents are ready for school and have job skills that help support employment.

 

Residents choose active forms of transportation for local trips and commuting, supported by accessible and connected active transportation infrastructure. Residents enjoy a high-quality public realm and pedestrian experience, which results in improved health, and reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Residents feel safe and welcome making use of parks and streets, which offer multiple uses for all life stages. High-quality public spaces are designed with safety in mind, and integrate nature, beauty, public art, and music.

 

Residents feel a strong sense of belonging, are active and connected in their community, and practice courtesy and respect for all people and environments. There are opportunities for local leadership and decision-making and collective action for shared goals.

 

Residents enjoy vibrant spaces, programs, and events that support understanding and local history, celebration of local talent, strengthening of community identity and sense of place. This includes local events and celebrations, and wayfinding and art in the public realm.

 

The community’s natural heritage and urban forest is enjoyed, well cared for, and expanded to support diverse local habitat and connections. This green infrastructure system is resilient to climate change impacts, provides many health and environmental benefits, and supports the natural water cycle and improved stormwater management.

 

The community’s natural and built environment supports integrated stormwater management on public and private land. This reduces rainwater runoff, improves water quality, mitigates flood risk, and supports the natural water cycle.

 

The community is aware of local climate-related risks and is adapting through resilient natural and built infrastructure, community connections, and emergency plans. It is also mitigating further harm by reducing carbon use and greenhouse gases through building retrofits and more active transportation.

 

The community reduces overall water consumption by practicing indoor and outdoor water conservation, making use of high efficiency appliances and fixtures, and using alternative water sources such as rainwater where possible.

 

This is a clean community that is litter-conscious and minimizes the quantity of waste generated. Everyone’s efforts to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle results in less waste going to landfill and reduced greenhouse gases related to the consumption and transport of goods and services in the neighbourhood.