|Active Transportation Plan|
The Active Transportation Implementation Framework is incorporated in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, 2020.
|Community Adaptation / Resilience Plan|
The City of Vaughan is committed to develop a Climate Adaptation Plan as an outcome of the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Framework, which is part of the Official Plan review.
|Community Emissions Reduction/ Mitigation Plan|
City of Vaughan is updating the existing Municipal Energy Plan, 2013. A final plan and implementation guide will be developed and presented to Vaughan Council for approval in 2023.
|Community GHG Reduction Targets|
Reduction targets will be approved through the Municipal Energy Plan revision. The goal is 2 to 3 tonnes CO2e per person by 2030.
|Community Retrofit Program|
The City completed a Home Energy Retrofit Program – 2020 Business Case and a pilot project is currently on hold.
|Complete Streets Policy|
Final guidelines expected to be presented in 2023.
|Corporate Adaptation / Resilience Plan|
The Green Directions Vaughan, 2019 is a community sustainability plan, that outlines actions the corporation is taking to be more sustainable (touches on actions for corporate and community), and does focus on both climate adaptation and mitigation but is broader than that. There is no an overall corporate adaptation plan. There are various master plans with strategies and implementable recommendations that are considered in the realm of adaptation.
|EV Ready Requirements in GDS / Parking By-law|
EV Ready requirements are incorporated in the Sustainability Metrics. For example, residential: (EVSE) is provided to serve 10% , 20%, 50% of parking spaces for, respectively Bronze, Silver, and Gold performance level.
|Green Development Policies (GDS)- Community|
The updated Sustainability Metrics Program (SMP) was approved by council in May 2022. The SMP has threshold scores and minimum performance levels that are aligned with partner municipalities: Richmond Hill, Markham, and Brampton. The Program uses a point-based system in which a development proposal earns points for achieving criteria (metrics) organized around the categories of built environment, mobility, natural environment and parks, infrastructure and buildings, and innovation. Points earned through these criteria go towards the minimum sustainability score that development proposals are required to achieve. The threshold levels are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. In Vaughan, all new development applications located within the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) have to achieve a minimum performance level of Silver. For all new development outside of VMC the minimum performance level is Bronze.
|Green Roof Requirements in GDS / By-law|
Green Roofs Requirements are incorporated in the Sustainability Metrics Program. For example, in MURB: Provide garden space that is equal to 25 square metres (or 250 square feet) of the rooftop or total landscaped site area. On corporate side, the city is also creating a Green Building Policy that will take into consideration green roof requirements for City buildings.
|Municipal Fleet Electrification Plan|
The Transportation and Fleet Management department will be undertaking the update of the Green Fleet Strategy, with a tentative timeline to be approved by Council in Q4 2023. Additionally, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Department has committed to the electrification of all administration vehicles in the next 10 years.
|Net Zero Municipal Facilities Commitment/Standard|
The City has an internal Design & Construction Standards Sustainability Brief that speaks directly to energy initiatives for new builds. The city will continue to build to the LEED Gold standard but have gone further to design and build to a Zero Carbon or Net Zero Carbon standard as per the Canada Green Building Council. There are several major projects advancing at this time that will be LEED Gold and Net Zero Carbon buildings. These include the Carrville Community Centre & Library, Fire Hall 7-12, and Fire Hall 7-1 which is an existing building undergoing a major facility and energy renewal to achieve a Net Zero Standard in 2023.
|Urban Agriculture Plans|
The City collaborates on implementing actions from the York Region Agriculture and Agri-food strategy.
|Urban Forest Plans|
The City is undertaking Urban Forest Management Plan and Woodlot Management Plan starting in 2023. Vaughan’s targets are 17% total woodland cover and 25%-35% total urban tree cover based on the York Region Forest Management Plan.