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Brampton recognized for national excellence in urban design planning

The City of Brampton has won an Award of Excellence for its submission of “Uptown Brampton Transit-Oriented Communities Toolkit” from The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) in the category of Planning and Analysis.

The municipal project was among fourteen projects that received a national award from CSLA, during the awards ceremony held earlier this month.

Winners were selected by a national jury of landscape architects.

A total of 72 submissions were received, having to respect a set of criteria that included, among others, innovation in concept, process, materials, or implementation, or even a demonstration of exemplary environmental and/or social awareness.

Brampton’s Urban Design team partnered with the Toronto School of Cities’ and the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council in developing the project that explores a collaborative city-building model that supports better alignment between the public sector, private sector, non-profit and local communities.

“I applaud our Urban Design team for continuing to develop plans for 20-minute walkable communities and showing the way on how we unlock the potential of Uptown Brampton”, said the Mayor of Brampton in a press release.

Patrick Brown also highlighted that “Brampton is a forward-thinking city of opportunities” and that his municipality is committed to leading the way in smart urban planning.

For the Portuguese-Canadian Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor (Wards 3 & 4) and Chair of the Brampton Planning and Development Committee, if there is a lesson to be learned from the global pandemic “it is that we must be ready to adapt to changing behaviours”. “Transforming Uptown into a transit-oriented community makes perfect sense for our residents, businesses, and local stakeholders”, adds Medeiros.

The Uptown model unlocks the value of a “26-hour City”, where 20-minute walkable communities eliminate the high cost of commuting and car-ownership – providing “extra hours” every day improving quality of life and productivity. The model also supports job creation, allowing the city of Brampton to move towards a carbon-neutral future. ■

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