To determine how to accommodate people and jobs in urban areas, a number of background studies and strategies must be prepared by the municipality.
These MCR studies include:
- An intensification strategy that identifies areas that can accommodate further development within an existing urban area. This could include vacant lots, underutilized land, basement apartments, laneway housing, and converting strip malls into mixed use developments.
- An employment strategy that determines what types of businesses and shops the community can attract and retain.
- A housing strategy that identifies the current housing mix and what type of housing are missing and needed.
- An analysis to justify why existing employment areas might be converted to non-employment uses.
- An analysis to justify any loss or changes to the Natural Heritage System or Agricultural System due to a boundary expansion.
- Infrastructure plans for water, wastewater and public transit.
- Transportation demand management.