WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

For over forty years, DG Group has been a leader in planning and developing properties in a sustainable manner. In recognizing the link between creating progressive communities and nurturing a healthy environment, we have helped develop vibrant living places across Southern Ontario for future generations. Through continual innovation and constant collaboration, we remain committed to our original philosophical goal in bringing life to land.

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COUNTRYSIDE VILLAGES

LOCATION
BRAMPTON
Bordered by Mayfield Road, Bramalea Road, Countryside Drive, and Dixie Road.

AREA
159.23ha (of the total approximate 645ha that comprise the Countryside Villages Community)

STATUS
Phase 1 Under Construction

Countryside Villages is a spacious residential neighbourhood designed to inspire and foster community. Schools, parks, transit and local retail encourage pedestrian activity, while the preservation of natural landscapes such as woodlots and green space define this special area of Greater Brampton.

IMPROVING THE COMMUNITY

We believe that, sometimes, the best thing a community builder can do is to build hardly anything at all. That’s why our communities include spacious parks and natural greenspace, beautiful trails and other nature-inspired amenities that bring people outside to connect with the community as a whole, and with each other. We also take great care in leaving natural valleys, wetlands and other ecological marvels just as they are, the way nature intended.

Strengthening communities, that’s what we do. At DG Group, when we invest in a development we embrace the community as a whole. Through various environmental contributions and responsible planning, we build based on a blueprint that fosters better neighbourhoods and conserves our natural lands.

Land Stewardship

Responsible planning and the management of resources are imperative to the overall success of any DG Group development. At our Springdale development, one of our largest masterplanned communities to date, we donated almost 200 acres of valley lands and open spaces to the municipality. Most of which has been improved for trail uses and leisure activities.

Within our Richmond Hill development, we donated over 82 acres of land representing significant portions of the Rouge River to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to be protected in perpetuity. These lands have been designated as Oak Ridges Moraine Core Areas under the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

And in Vaughan, we’ve worked with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to develop a plan that would create an overall Environmental Net Gain within Rainbow Creek.

March 08, 2016

Q&A WITH DG PROJECT MANAGER, JORDAN ARCHER: THE BRAMPTON EMPLOYMENT LANDS CHANNEL

Just northwest of Toronto, the city of Brampton has been expanding at a rapid pace. With a population of approximately 524,000, it is the third largest city in the GTA. 

Just northwest of Toronto, the city of Brampton has been expanding at a rapid pace. With a population of approximately 524,000, it is the third largest city in the GTA.

As more individuals and families move to Brampton, more sustainable jobs are required. And in 2012, a subdivision agreement between DG Group and the City of Brampton was signed that would see roughly 79 hectares of land located near Dixie Road and Mayfield Road be developed precisely for industrial-commercial employment purposes.

It was DG Group’s responsibility to preserve many of the land’s natural features and ensure that businesses could safely be constructed near the water features that ran through the employment lands.

 

Jordan Archer, an Engineering Project Manager for DG group, was one of the DG Group project managers involved in the development along with an extensive team of consultants and contractors.  He explained how the team went about constructing a new channel to convey water flows across the employment lands, and what it had to do to prepare the employment lands for business.

What was the process like? 

As part of the development of this land, we had to do some revitalization to the area. Originally, there were multiple watercourses that cut through the parcel, generally flowing from the northwest to the south end of the block. There were also two wetland pockets on the parcel that were connected to these watercourses.

So in order to develop the land and create the employment blocks we had to channelize the water that was flowing through the block into one channel capable of controlling and transporting the water to its outlet point at the south end of the block. We didn’t want to have any flooding of the blocks or surrounding areas, so this channel was specifically designed to handle the local water flows. We also linked the two wetland pockets to this channel through smaller channels in order to maintain the original water levels in the wetlands.

 

What was the most difficult part of this process?

The biggest undertaking was constructing a temporary diversion channel. While we were working to construct the ultimate channel, we had to maintain the existing water flows through the block to ensure we didn’t back water up and cause flooding or prevent enough water from reaching downstream habitats. So, we created a temporary diversion channel to transport the water flows while the ultimate channel was constructed, and that was a huge undertaking.

Once the ultimate channel was constructed, water was directed into it and the temporary diversion channel was decommissioned.

Is the project complete?

Yes, the ultimate channel was completed this past fall, but there’s still work to be done. The wetland pockets do drain into the channel but we have to fine-tune those linkages. We’ll also be monitoring the channel for two years to ensure it is functioning properly and the vegetation we planted is thriving. After that time, responsibility is passed to the city through an assumption process.   

 Will residents be able to walk around here?

There is a storm water management pond right beside the channel, and that pond takes drainage from the roads and industrial blocks in the employment land development as well as yards in neighbouring residential developments. We’ve begun to create a series of trails and lookout spots around the pond, and residents should be able to enjoy it by next summer.   

 

February 15, 2016
DG GROUP

BLACK POND DAM RESTORATION

It was in the summer of 2013 when the construction of a channel for Black’s Pond in Waterdown began.  The pond had been created roughly 50 years ago when a local farmer built a dam to hold back water on his lands.  By 2013, the dam had been undermined, and was at risk of collapsing.  It was then that DG Group Project Managers, Jordan Archer, Vince Cardarelli and Juli Laudadio, along with a team of consultants and a contractor developed a plan to bring a beautiful piece of land back to life.

In order to safely develop the surrounding lands it was determined that the dam would need to be decommissioned and a beautifully landscaped channel be built to carry water through the area.  The channel would be supplemented with a series of smaller ponds as well, to provide suitable habitats for fish and reptiles living in the area.

First, the original pond had to be de-watered. Before emptying it, DG Group had to organize an animal rescue mission to have the fish and turtles living in the pond temporarily relocated from their current space to a new pond.  Once this was completed, the pond water levels were carefully lowered using pumps and sediment control and filtration measures.  Removal of the dam then occurred and was followed by construction of the channel.  Along with the channel construction, a bridge to cross over the waterway was built.  Animals that had been relocated from the pond were transported back to the new ponds, although a few of the turtles had made their way back to the ponds on their own. 

Construction was completed in 2014, and there’s now a pedestrian bridge linking a trail system on either side of the water way. Both sides of the channel are developed and stronger than ever.  Residents can admire the indigenous species and plants as they walk along the water.

The newly restored area, animals and plant species will be monitored for two years.  Responsibility of the area will be transferred to the City after this time. 

DG Group is extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished, and we encourage everyone to experience this naturally beautiful landmark for themselves.