A Bold New Vision of an Urban Centre
To realize the full potential for building a dynamic new downtown, the City of Vaughan envisioned distinct land use areas in the VMC for transit nodes, residential, business, industry, and entertainment neighbourhoods. To illustrate and differentiate these areas, there are 12 proposed districts. They are comprised of overlapping programming and experiences envisioned as the neighbourhood transition from one to the other. Although districts are illustrated within defined geographies, these borders between districts should not be viewed as boundaries, but rather as interpretative uses.
The detailed strategies and potential programming for each of these districts are generally supported by the land use allowances and initial direction of the VMC Secondary Plan. It is expected that there were will be considerable evolution as existing uses and built-form are adaptively reused or eventually redeveloped.
The Core is the epicentre of the VMC, the Core will be the experience that defines the urban character and personality of Vaughan’s emerging downtown.
Central Park is designed to accommodate and encourage a countless range of passive and active programming opportunities spread over the park span of multiple city blocks, the VMC’s Central Park will attract millions of annual visitors for all seasons.
Central Park North
Central Park North will offer residents the best of both worlds, from everyday living amenities within the district, to enjoying the benefits of being just minutes by foot from urban amenities and modern transit services.
The Entertainment District is envisioned to be a year-round destination for exciting and fun activities including major entertainment anchors such as cultural facilities, museums, and regional sports-entertainment venues.
Creditstone Corporate is a node of premium employment land in Vaughan and an eastern gateway to the VMC with high quality design, streetscapes and urban offices.
Avenue Seven South
The Avenue Seven South district is envisioned as a mixed-use environment integrated with office space, residential, retail services including hospitality and entertainment uses.
Business Enterprise Park
Business Enterprise Park is a desirable high profile visibility for brand exposure from the regional express Highways 400 and 407 ETR. It is to become a center of the VMC’s business community.
Corporate Innovation Corridor
The Corporate Innovation Campus is a corridor for clusters of world-class marquee offices and talented professionals attracted to flexible larger modern space.
The South Community district is a mixed-use community with a stronger residential focus. This district is anchored on a neighbourhood park and school campus at its core.
The Mobility Hub
The Mobility Hub is further subdivided into the Bus Terminal, Subway Station, and South Millway sub-districts based on the unique characteristics associated with each.
The Mobility Hub is a bold vision of world-class transit experience and primary point of arrivals, that welcomes people to and from the VMC at all times of the day, as people arrive or depart for work, and stay well into the evening hours when friends and families visit the VMC to begin to explore the entire downtown and beyond. With its creative wayfinding programs and public art programming to come online along with retail uses, and interactive public space animation, the Mobility Hub will offer a truly unique sense of arrival.
Edgeley Pond and Park is the largest open space, City-owned land in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) and it is located at the northeast corner of Highway 7 and Jane Street. Adjacent to VMC’s first residential neighbourhood, Edgeley Pond and Park will become the heart of the community and a signature amenity for the new downtown. Through its ecological landscape design and natural feature, water views, trail system and subtle programming strategy, Edgeley Pond and Park including its adjacent parks will function as an exciting destination for area residents and visitors to the VMC.
South Black Creek
The renewed Black Creek, a linear open space network running the length of Jane Street, will form the southern end of the VMC’s green corridor within the VMC. The Black Creek Renewal once completed, it will complement the greenspace jewel to Edgeley Pond and Park, establishing a series of promenades, plazas and parks to allow access to the environmental open space and the water’s edge, where visitors can interact with its natural setting. This naturalized experience will be pulled into the district’s interior through various urban squares and pocket parks bounded by new urban development.