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.
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.
ONTARIO BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY WELCOMES CO-ORDINATED PLANS REVIEW
Source: New feed