Our annual Growth To Watch For series is back again, bigger, taller, and more comprehensive than ever before. Over the course of 2019, we brought you to every significant development happening across the 416, and now we're delving beyond into the wider Greater Toronto Area. We're covering everything from brand new proposals, to those inching their way through the planning process, to those already under construction or about to be completed.  

A total of 25 reports are highlighting what's happening across the region, with 24 previously released. (Details about how to get them can be found at the bottom of this article.) For a taste of what's offered in the 25th and final report before we start back on a new year of reports, here's a sneak peek at the area highlighted.

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Our fourth Growth to Watch For report from the 905 zone around Toronto starts in Markham—east of Highway 404—and onward to Durham Region, covering the region's four southwestern municipalities of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Beginning in Markham on Major Mackenzie Drive east of the 404, we'll carve through the various development nodes of that city, before heading east to Pickering and beyond, ending in Oshawa.

Markham and Durham Region, base image via Google Maps

The area covered in this report includes a selection of large-scale redevelopments that seek to create complete mixed-use communities. A few examples include a planned redevelopment of Buttonville Airport, and a multi-building community at 100-110 Clegg Road in Markham. Other large-scale redevelopments are being planned with more focused land uses, including the primarily residential Panda Markham project, a proposed multi-building business park at the GM Canadian Technical Centre, and even a new film studio complex called First Studio City.

Aerial overview of 100-110 Clegg Road, image courtesy of Quadrangle

Another large complex now taking shape in the area covered is DLive, known in its earlier stages as Durham Live. Located at Bayly Street West and Church Street South, the largest development in Pickering is a $1.6 billion mixed-use entertainment destination that will eventually include a casino, three hotels, a 16,000-seat concert venue, an indoor waterpark, a mall, restaurants, botanical gardens, ice rinks, a convention centre, and film studios. The complex's under-construction first phase—with a casino, hotel, and music venue—is set to come online later this year.

Aerial overview of DLive in Pickering, image courtesy of DLive

While much of the region is being built out with tall or large complexes, the subdivision and townhome style housing developments that traditionally made up the bulk of new housing stock in recent decades remain popular. These types of projects are active in every municipality covered in this report, with a couple examples including Ironwood Towns in Oshawa, and a subdivision proposal at McCowan and 14th in Markham.

Ironwood Towns in Oshawa, image courtesy of Podium Developments

New Growth to Watch For reports are being released on an ongoing basis, each covering a different section of the Greater Toronto Area. 

Subscribers can get access to the complete existing and future reports for the year on our Growth to Watch For landing page. Subscribe today as a standalone subscription purchase for $199+tax, and you'll receive access to all 25 reports.

The following areas have already been covered this year: 

1.  Entertainment District  

2.  King West, Queen West, and More  

3.  South Etobicoke  

4.  Etobicoke Centre and Bloor West  

5.  Dupont, the Junction, and St. Clair West  

6.  North Etobicoke & Weston  

7.  York to Yorkdale to York Mills  

8.  Downsview & York University  

9.  North York Centre and Willowdale  

10.  North Scarborough  

11.  Central Scarborough  

12.  Beaches, Leslieville, & The Danforth  

13.  East York and Don Mills  

14.  Midtown-Eglinton to St. Clair  

15.  Bloor-Yorkville and Rosedale

16. Corktown-Regent Park-Cabbagetown 

17. Jarvis & Church Corridors 

18. Downtown Toronto North 

19. U of T: West of Downtown 

20. Downtown Toronto Core 

21. Toronto's Central Waterfront 

22. Halton Region

23. Mississauga

24. Brampton & York Region West…and now…

25. Markham and Durham Region

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