VMC Secondary Plan Update

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is the City’s emerging downtown and central business district; it is poised to be the financial, innovation and cultural centre of the City, with a vibrant sense of place, and a high-quality public realm linked by a network of parks, public squares and open spaces. The VMC will be a complete and balanced community encompassing different built form typologies, and a mix of uses – including residential, office and retail – that are transit supportive and pedestrian friendly.

A conceptual rendering of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area.

The existing VMC Secondary Plan (VMCSP) provides a strong vision and policy foundation for the VMC, and has helped guide development since its approval. Since this time, development interest in the VMC has exceeded expectations, resulting in a residential intensity that was not anticipated when the VMCSP was initially developed. The City is undertaking an update to the VMCSP to address provincial and regional policy updates, and to respond to the rapid growth that is putting pressure on realizing Council's vision for a vibrant and balanced downtown. The VMCSP update will result in a renewed policy framework that supports the completion of a downtown and central business district as a complete community that is well supported by municipal services and social infrastructure to 2051 and beyond.


The VMCSP Update will address all the elements needed for the successful growth of Vaughan’s downtown, including new roads; bike paths; pedestrian walkways; new open spaces and parks; land use, height and density permissions; and key infrastructure requirements. The VMCSP Update is currently in Phase 2 – 'Prepare and Develop Land Use Options', which builds on the priority issues identified from Phase 1 – 'Background and Issues' to develop preliminary land use options for consideration. More information on the work that's been completed as part of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is available by clicking the Project Updates button below.


Public consultation for Phase 2 is now closed

Citizens were invited to attend a live, virtual Community Meeting on May 24, 2022 and participate in an online idea-generating exercise to present and refine the land use options that were developed as part of Phase 2. Thank you to everyone who participated! A recording of the meeting, copy of the presentation, and comments from the idea-generating exercise are available for viewing by clicking the “Get Involved” button below.


An overview of what we heard from the Community Meeting and online idea-generating exercise is available in the Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary.


As the update to the VMCSP progresses, future opportunities for engagement will continue to be available. Stay tuned to this webpage for future updates or contact the project team if you would like to be added to the mailing list for direct updates.