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We’re updating the Markham Centre Secondary Plan – and we want to hear from you!

Last summer, we held a series of virtual interactive discussions to hear your thoughts on the future of Markham Centre. Nearly 200 people actively participated, and many others listened live on the City of Markham’s YouTube channel. We talked about what makes a great neighbourhood, the opportunities in Markham’s downtown, and how areas in Markham Centre could be more cohesive and connected. You shared many great ideas and important considerations for the future of Markham Centre. This helped us identify the themes to explore moving forward.

In September 2020, we held a virtual visioning workshop. You told us your top issues for the development of Markham Centre were:

Together, we refined a Vision and Guiding Principles to help inform Markham Centre’s development over the next 20-30 years. Now we need to determine what the Vision and Guiding Principles will look like in practice.

To start the discussion, our team has generated options that explore some potential directions and ideas for Markham Centre.

The first is a “business as usual” option that demonstrates the implications of how Markham Centre will evolve based on its current trajectory. The second is a preliminary concept that tests out an alternative trajectory for Markham Centre based on 8 big moves:

  • Prioritizing walking, cycling, and transit
  • Creating a network of neighbourhoods
  • Supporting varied built form and height
  • Focusing a transit node
  • Establishing the Greenway as a key public space
  • Putting parks and open spaces up front
  • Fostering a range of high-quality public spaces
  • Rethinking the civic district

We need your feedback on these ideas so we can draw on their best parts and refine a preferred concept. In keeping with Public Health’s recommendation of physical distancing and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City has adapted all in-person public engagement to online formats. Stay tuned – we'll share videos about our preliminary ideas in early May 2021 and invite you to use the tools on this page to provide your input. You can also save the date to participate at our next virtual community meeting on June 10. RSVP link to come!

We’re updating the Markham Centre Secondary Plan – and we want to hear from you!

Last summer, we held a series of virtual interactive discussions to hear your thoughts on the future of Markham Centre. Nearly 200 people actively participated, and many others listened live on the City of Markham’s YouTube channel. We talked about what makes a great neighbourhood, the opportunities in Markham’s downtown, and how areas in Markham Centre could be more cohesive and connected. You shared many great ideas and important considerations for the future of Markham Centre. This helped us identify the themes to explore moving forward.

In September 2020, we held a virtual visioning workshop. You told us your top issues for the development of Markham Centre were:

Together, we refined a Vision and Guiding Principles to help inform Markham Centre’s development over the next 20-30 years. Now we need to determine what the Vision and Guiding Principles will look like in practice.

To start the discussion, our team has generated options that explore some potential directions and ideas for Markham Centre.

The first is a “business as usual” option that demonstrates the implications of how Markham Centre will evolve based on its current trajectory. The second is a preliminary concept that tests out an alternative trajectory for Markham Centre based on 8 big moves:

  • Prioritizing walking, cycling, and transit
  • Creating a network of neighbourhoods
  • Supporting varied built form and height
  • Focusing a transit node
  • Establishing the Greenway as a key public space
  • Putting parks and open spaces up front
  • Fostering a range of high-quality public spaces
  • Rethinking the civic district

We need your feedback on these ideas so we can draw on their best parts and refine a preferred concept. In keeping with Public Health’s recommendation of physical distancing and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City has adapted all in-person public engagement to online formats. Stay tuned – we'll share videos about our preliminary ideas in early May 2021 and invite you to use the tools on this page to provide your input. You can also save the date to participate at our next virtual community meeting on June 10. RSVP link to come!