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Preservation of Rural Community Character and Infill Policy Review

What's New

The Directions Report is now available.


The Town of Caledon consists of approximately 700 square kilometers of countryside, scattered with 15 villages and hamlets. These villages and hamlets are part of the Town's settlement hierarchy which consists of rural service centres, villages, hamlets and industrial/commercial centres. Each village and hamlet has its own unique history, character and potential. This is apparent by the Town's vision as a "community of communities." Caledon favours a mix of thriving interconnected settlement areas, each with its own unique history and strength. The capability of each village and hamlet as the residential, social and service hubs of rural life are important to the Town's overall vitality. 


The main purpose of this study is to develop an appropriate infill policy framework that governs infill development in the Town's villages and hamlets as well as Caledon East, while ensuring the unique character of each community is protected.  Potential topics of interest may include: monster homes, land-use compatibility, preservation, connectivity, vitality, community amenities and services.

This study will build on other studies such as

The outcomes of this study will support the Town's Official Plan Review process.   

Study Area

The study area is dispersed throughout the Town of Caledon and includes all the villages and hamlets as well as Caledon East. Each village and hamlet is considered an individual study area. 

Rural Service


Villages Hamlets
Caledon East  Alton Albion

Caledon Village

  Inglewood Campbell's Cross
  Mono Mills Cataract
  Palgrave Claude
  Cheltenham Melville
    Mono Road
    Terra Cotta

Map of Villages and Hamlets in the Study

(click to view larger map)



MBTW Group was retained to undertake this work. The study will be conducted in four phases and is currently in Phase 3.  

Four Phases of Preservation of Rural Community Character

Public Engagement

Open House 
A Visioning Workshop was held on October 11, 2017 at Town Hall. The purpose of the workshop was to share the purpose, process, and principles of the study, as well as, collect valuable insight from residents.  Participants were able to identify valued qualities and characteristics of the study areas and discuss concerns involving infill development and community character. 

Community Drop-in Sessions
Two community drop-in sessions were held on December 6, 2018 and January 10, 2019 at the Caledon East Community Complex (CECC). The purpose of the events was to provide an update on study progress including the outcomes of the October 2017 Visioning Workshop, the online survey and next steps. Participants were able to view display boards and provide input on emerging key policy directions.

Online Survey
The survey is now closed. Thank you for letting us know how you define community character. Your input is greatly valued and will help staff better understand what's important to you.

Background Review Paper


For more information please contact:

Margherita Cosentino, Community Planner, Policy

Town of Caledon | 905-584-2272 Ext. 4049

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