PARTS – Phases 1 and 2


One of our largest projects over the past few years has been PARTS - 'Planning around rapid transit stations.' Through our work, we are ensuring that each ION rapid transit station - and the areas surrounding each station - are well planned and equipped for future use.

Phase 1 
Phase 1 of our project included:
  • Identifying recommended station study areas
  • Gathering data on the existing conditions in each area, 
  • Setting goals to guide us in creating station study area plans, and
  • Prioritizing the next phases of work as part of an overall program

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 Phase 2

Phase 2 consisted of the following five corridor-wide initiatives that have laid the groundwork for the subsequent station study area plans.

1. Interim direction

To support future land use and infrastructure plans for areas around future rapid transit stations, city council adopted an Official Plan amendment to clarify how development applications will be evaluated in the interim for lands within an 800-metre radius, or a 10-minute walk, of the future ION station stops. The special policies and mapping can be found in our Official Plan and in the following staff report.

2. Communications approach

Community and stakeholder participation in the PARTS work over the next several years is important. Check out our approach to communications and stakeholder engagement.

3. Urban design guidelines

A new PARTS urban design brief has been added to our Urban Design Manual for the station study areas (with the exception of Sportsworld). The brief implements new transit-oriented guidelines and provides general direction in reviewing development applications within each area. The brief does not apply to the mixed-use corridors or our downtown; those areas already have detailed design briefs which will continue to apply for now.

4. Sanitary sewer capacity analysis

Our computer model of our sanitary sewer system helps us understand current flows, estimate capacity and test future growth scenarios. Our review included several conservative assumptions and downstream considerations, and revealed the trunk sanitary sewer system is well positioned to handle future growth within the station study areas. More detailed analysis will be required to look at the capacity of local sewers in relation to future development scenarios in each area.

5. Transportation demand management strategy

A transportation demand management (TDM) strategy has been prepared for the station study areas to encourage more people to choose active and more-sustainable transportation options. The strategy includes necessary actions in terms of  zoning, development, and other TDM and parking policies and programs.

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