Thomasfield Homes retained GSP Group to lead the neighbourhood design and planning approval process for a 135-hectare site in the Breslau Settlement Area of the Township of Woolwich. An undeveloped site that previously housed Seagrams warehouses, the neighbourhood's design was rooted in the preservation of over 30 hectares of natural area associated with Hopewell Creek. The neighbourhood design concept includes a mixed-use node of retail and mixed-use buildings along Highway 7; an employment cluster next to the future GO Transit station at the site's south edge; and, a broad range of housing types supporting the mixed-use node and transit. An integrated network of streets and community trails connect residents and workers with the GO Transit station.
The planning approval process included official plan amendment, draft plan of subdivision, and a zone change applications. GSP Group prepared a comprehensive planning report and urban design brief in support of the applications; coordinated the multi-disciplinary project team that produced extensive environmental, engineering and transportation technical reports; and, has worked with the Township, Region, GRCA and other agencies to resolve issues. Also, GSP Group participated with Thomasfield Homes as a stakeholder in the Township-initiated Breslau Secondary Plan for the broader area, as well as providing expert witness testimony at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
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