Can Innisfil, a rural town without its own bus service, build a transit-centred city of the future? Toronto Star

December 9, 2019 by School of Cities Staff

Innisfil, a municipality in Simcoe County, wants to create a new growth model; a community that isn’t dependent on residents owning a car and an area that draws residents and businesses away from Toronto, while staying true to its rural roots.

Following a successful RFP by award-winning Toronto architecture and design studio Partisans, initial designs present a concentric community filled with green space, embedded smart city technology and no plans for detached single-family houses, a common fixture in the residential areas of many small towns and suburbs surrounding Toronto. The project, called The Orbit, envisons a soon-to-be-built GO train station as an anchor point for a commercial, retail and residential community for 30,000 to 50,000 people, according to short-term projections. 

Shauna Brail, associate professor and director of urban studies at U of T and director of outreach and partnerships at the School of Cities, says Innisfil has the right intentions with the project: connecting development and population growth to the creation of a new transit hub, building vertically and emphasizing a mixed-use, complete community. 

Read the article in the Toronto Star.