The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released the report of an Advisory Panel, chaired by David Crombie, that was tasked with developing recommendations as part of a coordinated review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Golden Horseshoe, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan. In the report, which contains 87 recommendations, the Panel warns that the government needs to take action to curb urban sprawl, promote greater density, improve public transit, and preserve farm land. Building sprawling subdivisions along highways, which has been Southern Ontario’s traditional way of handling rapid growth, is no longer an option.
According to the Advisory Panel, there is
…an urgent need to strengthen the four plans and to support them with a wide range of complementary actions. The plans provide a strong foundation but we must step up our effort to curb sprawl, build complete communities, growth the Greenbelt, support agriculture and address traffic congestion. We owe it to current and future generations to ensure that GGH supports healthy lifestyles, a high quality of life, a sustainable environment and a prosperous economy.
Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041–Recommendations of the Advisory Panel on the Coordinated Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan