Government Releases Proposed Changes to Land Use Plans

Last week the government released a proposal for updating land use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Morraine, and Niagara Escarpment. The updated plans would:

  • Add lands within 21 major urban river valleys to the Greenbelt, along with seven coastal wetlands, and establish a process for further expanding the Greenbelt to protect key water features

  • Require zoning along transit corridors to provide adequate density to support transit

  • Establish Greenbelt-level protections for natural heritage systems – such as wetlands, woodlands and rivers – beyond the Greenbelt, with the provincial government taking a lead in mapping those areas

  • Set strict requirements for the expansion of urban areas and allow more flexibility for agricultural use in the Greenbelt

  • Require municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to integrate climate change policies into municipal official plans and conduct climate change vulnerability risk assessments when they are planning or replacing infrastructure.

Interested stakeholders have until September 30, 2016 to comment on this proposal.

For more:

Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

Proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: Coordinated Land Use Planning Review

Backgrounder: Proposed Changes to Provincial Land Use Plans 


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