Vaughan Concord Secondary Plan

Vaughan, Ontario

City of Vaughan

2012 to 2014


SvN, working with a team of consultants, was contracted by the City of Vaughan to prepare a Secondary Plan and supporting Urban Design Guidelines for the Concord GO Centre area. The study area is generally located on the north and south sides of Highway 7 around the West Don River and Barrie GO rail line. The area has been identified as a local centre in the City’s Official Plan, and includes proposed high density mixed use land uses. The study area is also planned to integrated a variety of transit uses, including a Highway 407 Transitway station, a GO train station, Viva Next Bus Rapid Transit and York Region Transit. The Bartley Smith Greenway and the natural valley corridor associated with the West Don River are also important elements of the Secondary Plan area. The secondary plan process addressed the integration, connection and transitions of the proposed mixed uses and transit uses across the secondary plan area as well as to the adjacent areas. The Secondary Plan was approved by York Region on May 20, 2015.

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