An ambitious plan to turn the Britannia Farm into a top-notch, outdoor education facility was approved by Peel District School Board trustees Monday, Dec. 12.
Emily Reisman, a partner with planning consulting firm Urban Strategies Inc., presented the refreshed master plan for the 200-acre site — bordered by Hurontario Street, Bristol and McLaughlin roads and Matheson Boulevard — at the regular board meeting.
She noted several proposed features such as a new field centre, a trail network, wetland restoration and an outdoor gathering place, known as Britannia Common.
Reisman also touched on possible experiential learning opportunities centred around historical, agricultural and ecological programming.
Though excitement was palpable, financing the plan hinges on the development of a 32-acre parcel at the southeast corner.
Reisman suggests that mixed-use development would be optimal, adding that the location will be even more inviting to developers with the coming light rail transit (LRT) line in Hurontario.
Development of the corner parcel was the most disputed issue among public consultations for the plan.