Thornhill SNAP

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the City of Vaughan are working closely with neighbourhood community leaders, residents, and businesses to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) for Thornhill.

Retrofits to the natural and built environment will demonstrate implementation of signature strategies that include:

The neighbourhood Action Plan will also support the Region of York Water Efficiency and Climate Action priorities.

About the Thornhill Community

The Study Area boundaries for the SNAP Action Plan are Steeles Avenue to the south, Highway 407 to the north, Bathurst Avenue to the west, and Yonge Street to the east.

map of Thornhill SNAP neighbourhood

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The northeast section of the neighbourhood is a Heritage Conservation District, characterized by a wealth of historic buildings, sites, and landscapes dating from the mid 19th century.

The rest of the neighbourhood was mostly built between the 1960s and 1980s. Significant redevelopment is taking place today.

historic Arnold House in Thornhill
The Arnold House, built in 1860, is one of Thornhill’s notable heritage buildings.

The Thornhill area is home to more than 36,000 people living in both detached homes and condo towers. It has 13 parks and 18 institutions servicing the community, including public and private schools, places of worship, community centres, and libraries.

Thornhill also has small commercial areas on its main streets.

park in Thornhill
A local park in Thornhill.
community centre in Thornhill
A community centre in Thornhill.
commercial plaza in Thornhill
A commercial plaza in Thornhill.

The neighbourhood is part of the Don River Watershed, and is home to sensitive target fish species and a healthy urban forest. It is also a Flood Vulnerable Area, at risk of both urban and riverine flooding*.

In addition, Thornhill consumes more energy and water (both indoor and outdoor) than most other neighbourhoods in City of Vaughan and wider York Region.

modern single-detached homes in Thornhill
Modern single-detached homes in Thornhill.
large single-detached home in Thornhill
A large single-detached home in Thornhill.

There are a number of significant capital infrastructure projects planned for this community in the coming years, including flood remediation and stormwater management initiatives, park revitalization and community centre retrofits, and a trail strategy.

There is an opportunity, through SNAP, to leverage some of these projects to achieve higher impact, by adding beauty, ecological function, and recreational opportunities.


*Riverine flooding occurs when the water levels of rivers rise, overflowing their banks. Reducing riverine flood risk is under the mandate of Conservation Authorities like TRCA. Urban flooding consists of street flooding, basement flooding and flooding of other low-lying areas due to the overflow of local drainage systems. Municipalities are responsible for managing this type of flooding.


About the Action Plan

The SNAP Action Plan for Thornhill is currently being developed. It will be a comprehensive plan for neighbourhood revitalization that integrates local community priorities, climate resiliency, and sustainability objectives across the private and public realms.

The Thornhill SNAP will align municipal and partner objectives with resident interests, resulting in innovative urban renewal with measurable impacts on sustainability and resiliency, as well as benefits to community health and well-being.

Do You Live or Work in this Neighbourhood? Get Involved!

We want to get residents and businesses involved. Keep an eye out for us at your local events!

Got questions? Contact:

Adriana Gomez, Senior Program Manager
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
416-661-6600 ext. 5367
adriana.gomez@trca.ca


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