Grimsby GO Station Secondary Plan Passes - New Regional policies protect Grimsby woodlot

Niagara Regional Council endorsed the Grimsby GO Transit Station Secondary Plan at its meeting on May 3, 2018. This follows the adoption of the plan at Grimsby Town Council on Feb. 20, 2018.

The construction of a new GO train station in Grimsby is a significant infrastructure investment that will have considerable benefit to the community. Niagara Region has partnered with the Town of Grimsby to develop a Secondary Plan which provides a 20-year vision and planning framework to guide transit-supportive development around the new GO station. The Plan contains policy and guidelines for development or redevelopment that is complimentary to the existing community. The Plan also identifies capital infrastructure improvements needed to provide residents and commuters with safe and efficient access to the GO station.

The vision and policies of the Secondary Plan have been shaped through an extensive public consultation process. Highlights from the plan include: policies which protect existing stable residential neighbourhoods and significant local features; urban design guidelines for new development and redevelopment; and, new land use permissions which enable mixed use development around the GO station.

Of particular note, Niagara Region and the Town of Grimsby have leveraged the Secondary Plan as an innovative solution to protect the Grimsby woodlot. The woodlot is located south of the rail line between Hunter Road and Casablanca Boulevard. The Secondary Plan protects the woodlot through recognizing its environmental significance; identifying regulations for its continued maintenance and upkeep; and, requiring an Environmental Assessment to be undertaken for any potential future capital work projects.

In addition to the woodlot, mixed use development envisioned by the Plan will allow for development which contains a mixture of residential and commercial properties - giving residents a community where they can live, work and play.

The Grimsby GO Station is one of three transit stations where Niagara is actively working on future development and capital improvements - the other stations being located in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. These stations are part of Niagara’s larger efforts to improve transit in the Region and ensure that we are ready for daily GO Train service when it arrives with stops in Grimsby by 2021, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023.

Quotes

"Niagara Regional Council is committed to ensuring that future development of the areas surrounding the planned GO stations responds to the needs of local communities. The GO Secondary Plan has been shaped by Niagara’s communities to help us maximize the local economic benefits when daily GO train service arrives."
~ Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair
"When daily GO Train service arrives in Grimsby it will be a tremendous benefit for both the residents of Grimsby, but also all residents of Niagara. This secondary plan will allow us to leverage the full potential of a new GO Train station and ensure that future development allows residents to work and live in the same community."
~ Bob Bentley, Mayor, Town of Grimsby
"The collaboration between the Town and Region has been instrumental in getting Grimsby ready for GO. I am especially grateful that the Region heard the concerns of Grimsby residents to ensure established neighbourhoods are respected and that the woodlot is protected and buffered."
~ Tony Quirk, Councillor

Contact

Diana Morreale, MCIP, RPP
Niagara Region, Planning Lead - GO Implementation Office
905-980-6000 ext. 3367
diana.morreale@niagararegion.ca


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