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Erin Mills is Already a Planned Community

So Why Should We Dramatically Change the Plan for Erin Mills South that started in 1969 ?

Erin Mills South in Erin Mills New Town.jpg

The image above was at p. 3.1 of the General Plan section of the book Erin Mills New Town presented by Don Mills Developments Limited in April 1969. At that time Burnhamthorpe Road was contemplated as the original Burnhamthorpe (including Rogers Road and Burbank Drive), a straight line parallel to the propsed Highway 403. Notice the neighbourhood shopping centres with surrounding "residential medium density" on Glen Erin near St. Clare School and on the original Burnhamthorpe at Sawmill Valley Drive. Those two "neighbourhood shopping centres" were never built but were merged into 4099 Erin Mills Parkway.

At p. 3.3 of Erin Mills New Town it stated:

"Erin Mills South will be the first comprehensive community to be developed in the new town." 

"The residents of the community will be served by a 25-acre community shopping centre in the central core [South Common] and for neighbourhood shopping centres on five to seven acre sites located at strategic points. Convenience stores will be located at entrances to some neighbiurhoods."

Most of the Residential areas of the northern one-third of Erin Mills South was planned to be "residential low density" (yellow colour) with "residential medium density" (orange colour) surrounding two of the "neighbourhood shopping centres".

However, within all of the planned Erin Mills South community of neighboourhoods:

"The residential fabric of the community will cover a complete range of housing types serving a cross-section of income levels and ranging from high-quality large lots in ravine settings to special exploratory groups of small grouped houses. About half of the housing in the community will be in the form of multiple dwellings. Medium density housing and mixed groups of high and low multiple dwellings will be concentrated at the centre of the community, with smaller groupings of medium density housing at various neighbourhood sub-centres and at other locations where topography and open space can be used to advantage." (italics added)

Erin Mills South plan.jpg

This is part of an image of Erin Mills south that appeared in Erin Mills New Town at  p. 2.1 under the heading "Development Concept".

The plan included an east-west "landscaped transportation corridor" (Highway 403/Mississauga Transitway) and the north-south "spine of the new town, Erin Mills Parkway, a broad landscaped boulevard bordered by major elements of the town structure" (underlining in the original). The concept included "a generous inventory of open space" (underlining in the original).

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