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The City Structure Plan represents the framework upon which the city has developed in the past and how it is planned to grow in the future. The City Structure Plan is made up of natural elements such as the Thames River, Medway Creek, Stoney Creek, Pottersburg Creek, and Dingman Creek corridors; rural elements such as the prime agricultural belt that surrounds the urban portions of our city; and human-made elements such as our rapid transit corridors and transit villages, our railway lines, and historic main streets. It also shows important regulatory lines such as the Urban Growth Boundary, within which urban forms of development will be directed, and the Primary Transit Area, where intensification will be promoted and where the highest order of transit services will be offered over the next 20 years.

What Are The Big Ideas?

The City Structure Plan will set the framework for more detailed policies that plan for such things as:

#1 Preserving agricultural lands

#2 Protecting natural heritage corridors and planning by watershed

#3 Planning for sustainable infrastructure to support long-term city building

#4 Linking rapid transit corridors and stations to the greatest heights and intensity of development

#5 Managing and promoting growth in a cost-effective way. Preserving and revitalizing key main street corridors

#6 Directing, planning and promoting infill and intensification

#7 Establishing a network of parks and pathways

#8 Planning for complete and connected neighbourhoods