Urban Centres as hubs of activity

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The 2040 OCP aims to grow five Urban Centres as the city’s main hubs of activity. These Urban Centres are Downtown, Pandosy, Rutland, Capri Landmark and Midtown, which is the area surrounding the Orchard Park mall. Quite simply, it's about having more stuff to do in these five areas, while ensuring each Urban Centre still feels unique and special.

Key directions to achieve this vision include:

  • Directing new larger office buildings and post-secondary campuses into Urban Centres
  • Supporting new sidewalk patios and mobile uses like food trucks in the Urban Centres.
  • Directing the city’s taller buildings to Downtown and Capri Landmark while focusing on mid-rises in shorter buildings in select locations in Pandosy, Rutland and Midtown.
  • Designing new buildings to be more visually interesting and unique, particularly at street level
  • Prioritizing public amenities, services, shops and infrastructure investments in Urban Centres
  • Encouraging diverse cultural experiences and creating great public spaces like new parks, plazas and more lively, walkable streets

Questions for discussion

  1. What do you like about the key directions?
  2. How might these key directions be improved? 
  3. Is there anything missing?
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