Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture

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Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities, and Culture are keystones of community wellbeing and contribute to the health, happiness and sense of community of our residents. Community wellbeing is important to the development of a shared vision that can inspire and affect positive community change.

Tourism brings economic vitality to the Town through the promotion of local businesses and our unique natural and cultural features and helps to develop positive relationships within the community. Agritourism and ecotourism, more specifically, support the diversification of traditional farming practices. The shift to more on-farm diversified uses will result in the promotion of new agri-business and employment opportunities, such as craft breweries, promotion of local farm produce, farm gate sales, healthy living tours, etc.

Our cultural and natural heritage help define the character of Caledon and contribute to its vitality and identity. Preserving cultural heritage resources and managing changes to them helps make our communities and rural areas distinctive. Appreciating, promoting and learning from our local history allows us to plan for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Community wellbeing is enhanced through robust building and landscape design, creating opportunities to facilitate age friendly, accessible, and healthy living and community connectivity. Active livable communities entail safe, enjoyable public spaces, human-scale buildings, transit, cycling and multi-use paths, parks and community spaces.

Cultural diversity enhances our community wellbeing. Living in harmony with each other and valuing individual differences creates a strong and open community. This includes respect for our Indigenous peoples and their traditional hunting grounds, trading routes and sacred burial lands as well as new immigrants to Caledon.

The drivers of policy development for the Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture focus areas include:

Provincial Drivers

Region of Peel Official Plan Review

Community Wellbeing Focus Area Work Plan for Town’s Official Plan Review (OPR)

  • Region of Peel OPR conformity (with ROPA 27)
  • Cultural Heritage Landscapes
  • Indigenous Community Inclusion Protocol
  • Review current Official Plan policies
  • Age Friendly Planning (completed in 2017)
  • Scenic Natural Landscapes
  • Culture Plan/Tourism Strategy Update
  • Town-wide Archaeological Management Plan
  • Design Guidelines Update
  • Cultural Heritage Master Plan

Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities, and Culture are keystones of community wellbeing and contribute to the health, happiness and sense of community of our residents. Community wellbeing is important to the development of a shared vision that can inspire and affect positive community change.

Tourism brings economic vitality to the Town through the promotion of local businesses and our unique natural and cultural features and helps to develop positive relationships within the community. Agritourism and ecotourism, more specifically, support the diversification of traditional farming practices. The shift to more on-farm diversified uses will result in the promotion of new agri-business and employment opportunities, such as craft breweries, promotion of local farm produce, farm gate sales, healthy living tours, etc.

Our cultural and natural heritage help define the character of Caledon and contribute to its vitality and identity. Preserving cultural heritage resources and managing changes to them helps make our communities and rural areas distinctive. Appreciating, promoting and learning from our local history allows us to plan for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Community wellbeing is enhanced through robust building and landscape design, creating opportunities to facilitate age friendly, accessible, and healthy living and community connectivity. Active livable communities entail safe, enjoyable public spaces, human-scale buildings, transit, cycling and multi-use paths, parks and community spaces.

Cultural diversity enhances our community wellbeing. Living in harmony with each other and valuing individual differences creates a strong and open community. This includes respect for our Indigenous peoples and their traditional hunting grounds, trading routes and sacred burial lands as well as new immigrants to Caledon.

The drivers of policy development for the Tourism, Heritage, Healthy Communities and Culture focus areas include:

Provincial Drivers

Region of Peel Official Plan Review

Community Wellbeing Focus Area Work Plan for Town’s Official Plan Review (OPR)

  • Region of Peel OPR conformity (with ROPA 27)
  • Cultural Heritage Landscapes
  • Indigenous Community Inclusion Protocol
  • Review current Official Plan policies
  • Age Friendly Planning (completed in 2017)
  • Scenic Natural Landscapes
  • Culture Plan/Tourism Strategy Update
  • Town-wide Archaeological Management Plan
  • Design Guidelines Update
  • Cultural Heritage Master Plan

Please let us know if you have any questions about the work the Town is undertaking to plan for future tourism, heritage, healthy communities and culture. Your questions and responses from Town staff may be published here to help build awareness.

Questions about tourism, heritage, healthy communities and culture?

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    It would be great to have links to the documents listed above. Thanks!

    Diane Delaney Asked 6 months ago

    Hi Diane,

    Thanks for your comment and interest in the Official Plan Review process.  Yes, we will certainly provide links where available. Some of the headings pertain to provincial or regional policy documents that have not yet been released, or municipal projects that have not yet been completed or funded: in these instances, links will be added as work is completed or available.

    All the best,

    Sally


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    Q: What can the Town do - in the future - to create and/or protect cultural/heritage/active spaces that fit within the community rather than forcing heritage and culture into new-built structures within future urban communities? Preface: One of the concerns with tourism/heritage/culture in Peel Region is that it is difficult to protect cultural and heritage sites from being swallowed up by urban development. There are very few culturally significant spaces in the area that future development in Caledon will go. Places like Southfield and Valleywood had to create cultural spaces, otherwise people still go further north to the Badlands or along the trail. Both neighbourhoods appear to have been built using new urbanism concepts, however they remain bedroom communities with little to actually do within the neighbourhood. To be frank, the Town's more recent tourism boom is based around the natural environment. The Town sees more people coming from the GTA for experiential and eco-tourism like visiting the escarpment or Badlands, and riding bikes along the different trails. There is even an increase in agro-tourism with new breweries and cideries opening up. However, it is difficult to protect or promote this type of tourism if there continues to be a desire from the Province and Region to continue sprawling further and further into Caledon.

    gew Asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question and comments – we appreciate you getting involved in the Town’s Official Plan Review! Your comments touched upon a variety of interrelated topics, but let’s start with growth and your concern with urban sprawl. The Ontario Government and Region of Peel have indeed identified Caledon as a community where further population growth is to occur. The new Official Plan will help to guide where and how that growth will be accommodated to 2041; the intent is to avoid sprawl. As a starting point, growth is already discouraged in Caledon’s ecologically sensitive areas of the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, and the Greenbelt. Outside of these areas, we can focus and accommodate growth by encouraging increased density within our existing communities, as well as expanding the settlement boundaries of some of our existing communities. Additional policy directions to be considered in support of new growth areas entail new collaborative concepts such as ‘healthy communities’ and ‘active transportation’. These can be encouraged through urban design, infrastructure, and community initiatives supporting active lifestyles and community well-being. Preserving and maintaining cultural and heritage resources are key components to support ‘healthy communties’.

    The Valleywood subdivision is now 35 years old, and as you say is primarily a bedroom community with very limited community facilities. In comparison, Southfields is a much more recent urban development and was designed with a stronger community hub in the form of the recreation centre. Mayfield West is also being planned with strong recreational/community facilities, intended to be complementary to those in Southfield. In many respects, the development of these nodal community facilities reflects the nodal approach the Town is taking to future growth – focusing it primarily on the tri-nodes of Bolton, Caledon East, and Mayfield West.

    As you mentioned, Caledon’s natural environment and existing trail systems are key draws for local residents and visitors alike. The Town has also identified areas considered to be Cultural Heritage Landscapes, where a combination of natural and cultural features (i.e. built heritage; farmscapes, historic hamlets...) reflect the unique history of specific areas. Such diverse areas are difficult to protect from change from a strictly heritage perspective, but we will be trying to promote local awareness and appreciation of them through various means such as walking tours, signage etc.

    In terms of built heritage conservation, the Town’s current OP policies encourage retention and adaptive re-use of buildings within new developments. One such example in the Southfields area is the conservation of a stone farmhouse that fronts onto Highway 10 – it is being conserved in situ and incorporated on a corner lot within the new subdivision that is being constructed around it. We hope to strengthen heritage conservation policies in the new Official Plan to promote further opportunities for such undertakings. Another example of a form of heritage conservation we hope to encourage is the adaptive re-use of a historic church as a residence for adults at risk. We will be looking to provide heritage conservation policies in the new Official Plan that support and facilitate such collaborative initiatives. The Town has completed inventories of its built heritage resources and is in the process of listing them under the Ontario Heritage Act. This recognition of their value is an important step in protecting them in the face of future change.

    In support of expanding arts and culture opportunities in Caledon, the Town now has a Tourism and Culture Officer who is developing partnerships with local arts groups. For instance, the Town is now working with the Headwaters Arts Round Table on developing an Arts Trail Guide. Initiatives like this will enable us to expand our tourism strategy beyond our natural and agricultural features.

    You commented on wanting culture/heritage/active spaces that fit in a community rather than heritage and culture being forced into new-built structures within future urban communities.  I wasn’t sure if you felt there was a local example of this that we should avoid in the future. If so, could you let us know?

    Again, thanks for your comments. Please let us know if the above is of assistance in answering your questions.

    Best regards,

    Sally Drummond