Government of Ontario announces coordinated review of Growth Plan and Greenbelt plans

News release from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing:

Ontario Seeks Public Input for Future of Southern Ontario Communities and Green Spaces

Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest permanently protected greenbelt in the world and looking to the future by reviewing the land use plans of southern Ontario. The Greenbelt protects farmland, green space and clean water. 

The Province will hold public consultations, across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt area, on the review of four provincial land use plans to grow the Greenbelt, protect prime agricultural land, build transit friendly communities and support economic development. The province will undertake a co-ordinated review of:

  • The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • The Greenbelt Plan
  • The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
  • The Niagara Escarpment Plan

In addition to public consultations, like town hall meetings, Ontarians will also be able to comment through the Environmental Registry.

Read the full release here.

News release response from the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership:

Groups urge public involvement in review of Oak Ridges Moraine and
Greenbelt plans

This afternoon the provincial government launched the much anticipated public review of the plans that protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt. This review is an important opportunity to strengthen these plans to further protect water, nature and communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

“When these plans were first introduced over 10 years ago, they represented the leading edge in conservation planning and protection of our invaluable land and water resources,” says Debbe Crandall, policy advisor for Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition. “This review positions the province to re-commit to a strong environmental agenda by strengthening these plans and eliminating policy gaps that have emerged, with the goal of leaving a protected landscape for the next generation of Ontarians,” she adds.

Read the full release here.

News release response from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association:

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) joins the Ontario government in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest urban Greenbelt in the world and welcomes the long-awaited review of the provincial Greenbelt and the award-winning Growth Plan. 
“We are not here to fight the Greenbelt,” said OHBA CEO Joe Vaccaro. “We are looking forward to working with the government during the review to improve the quality of life and affordability for families living in Ontario.” 
“This review is about connecting the dots between the plans, looking at how they’ve worked together over the last 10 years and refocusing the province, the regions and municipalities on future community and economic development as we look toward 2041 and beyond,” Vaccaro added. 

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