Cities like Toronto are often defined by different pockets of the city that have grown into neighbourhoods with their own personalities and unique characteristics.

Brampton has always sort of had neighbourhoods — areas like Bramalea, Heart Lake, Peel Village and others, all have their own differences.

Currently, the city has 54 different areas which are referred to as secondary plans. Some of them go as far back as the 1970s and don’t necessarily reflect the city’s current makeup.

Recently the city reviewed these secondary plans and consolidated smaller areas, turning them into bigger sections. They even gave the sections names that are more relevant to what the city looks like now.

Brampton has undertaken an ambitious plan over the next few decades to transform the city from a sleepy suburb to more of a walkable, transit-friendly city with mixed uses. The new plans will help Brampton better define land uses in each of the areas, balance the building of commercial, residential and spaces, etc.

City staff are proposing 7 new areas across the city which will serve official purposes at the city level, but will also become Brampton’s seven new neighbourhoods.

Fletcher’s Meadow, Snelgrove/Heartlake and Springdale will make three new areas in north Brampton. All three areas have been unofficial neighbourhoods for a while, now it’s official.

A bunch of different areas will now come together to officially form Bramalea, which has always been a pretty identifiable neighbourhood in Brampton, with its distinctive sections, and the way it was initially planned.

On the city’s Southwest end Flowertown will encompass Peel Village and the area around Sheridan College. Other neighbourhoods will include Airport / Intermodal and Highway 10 / Steeles.

A few neighbourhoods haven’t been defined. Castlemore and other sections in the city’s east end haven’t gotten names quite yet. There’s also a large section in west Brampton that encompasses Mount Pleasant and other areas, that hasn’t been defined yet either. Because those areas are still growing and some of the lands have yet to be designated for anything, the city is holding off on putting a name to them or changing any of the current policies and plans.