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Do you live or work near a major transit stop?

The areas around some transit stops are known as Major Transit Station Areas. These areas, which are within a 10-minute walk to an existing or planned York Region Transit viviastation, GO train or subway station, are intended to accommodate future growth with more people and jobs over the next twenty-plus years.

Our communities are changing

The Region has proposed 71 of these Major Transit Station Areas to accommodate a significant share of our community’s future growth. These areas will be developed in a way that creates well-designed and sustainable communities that offer exciting opportunities to live, work and play.

These areas may include a range of housing options, office and retail opportunities, and community amenities such as parks and community facilities. Each of the 71 areas has a proposed boundary and minimum level of future growth to be accommodated within that area over the long-term. This does not mean that every property around a proposed major transit station will experience growth.

For more information, read-up on the Regional Planning for Intensification Background Report. This report contains a draft Intensification Strategy and detailed mapping of each of the proposed areas around major transit stations that are intended to accommodate future urban growth.

What this means for residents and businesses

If you live, work or play in or near one of the 71 proposed major transit station areas, your community could change over the long-term.  Existing properties could be developed or redeveloped. Directing future growth to major transit station areas will result in more vibrant communities with new developments and additional residents, jobs, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users in the area.

Have your say!

Drop a comment pin on the interactive map to share your opinion and help make our long-term plans match your vision of the future. Specifically, we want to hear your comments on:

  1. What should be redeveloped and what should stay as it is today?
  2. Should the proposed boundaries be adjusted?
  3. What buildings types should be located near major transit stations?
  4. Should the proposed minimum level of growth be adjusted?
  5. Additional comments

All comments will be reviewed by Regional staff and posted publicly on, unless the comment does not meet our Social Media Terms of Use. The Region is planning for future growth in partnership with the local cities and towns, therefore all comments may be shared with your local municipality.

Interactive Map Instructions:

  1. Open the interactive map
  2. Zoom in to explore the propose boundaries
  3. Click “Submit a Comment” to provide feedback
  4. Click on a boundary for information about that area
  5. Click on a comment to see what it says

Find us in your community

Regional staff will be at the following community events and would be glad to answer any questions you may have about intensification.

  • March 4, 2020 – Major Transit Station Areas in Vaughan – Vaughan City Hall (Multi-Purpose Room), 2141 Major MacKenzie Drive West, Vaughan, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • February 4, 2020 – Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan Public Information Centre – Newmarket Municipal Office (Front Lobby Area), 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • December 10, 2019 – Yonge/Bernard Key Development Area (KDA) Open House - Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (Plaza Suite), 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill,  6 to 8 p.m.
  • June 18, 2019 – Walk and Talk with York Region’s Chief Planner- Richmond Hill, York Region South Service Centre, 50 High Tech, Richmond Hill
  • June 13, 2019 — Lincolnville GO Public Open House (2 to 4 p.m. session only), Stouffville Leisure Centre, 2 Park Drive South, Stouffville
  • June 11, 2019 – Markham Open House, Pan Am Centre, 16 Main Street, Markham
  • June 2, 2019 – Aurora Street Festival, Yonge Street (between Wellington Street & Murray Drive), Aurora
  • May 25, 2019 — Family Fun Day, York Region Transit Bus Depot, 55 Orlando Avenue, Richmond Hill

Additional Information

The Intensification Strategy is part of the Region’s larger Municipal Comprehensive Review to update the Regional Official Plan. To stay up-to-date on the Municipal Comprehensive Review sign-up for the e-newsletter. For more information visit or email

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