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Policy Proposal Notice:   EBR Registry Number:   012-3256
Title:
Co-ordinated Review of the Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan
 
Ministry:
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
February 27, 2015
 
 
Keyword(s):   Agriculture  |  Greenbelt  |  Water  |  Land use planning
The comment period for this proposal is now over.
 
Description of Policy:

The Province, under the lead of the ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Natural Resources and Forestry, is taking a co-ordinated approach to reviewing the following four provincial land use plans:

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

The Greenbelt Act, 2005 requires a review of the Greenbelt Plan to be carried out 10 years after the approval of the Plan (February 2005), in conjunction with the reviews of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan, in order to determine whether revisions are needed to the Plans. Similarly, the Places to Grow Act, 2005 requires a review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 10 years after its approval (June 2006) to determine if revisions are needed.

The four plans provide an integrated regional framework and work together to manage growth, protect our agricultural lands and the natural environment, and support economic development in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt. They encourage the development of compact, complete and vibrant communities that make better use of our infrastructure and transit investments and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In recognition of their many connections, the Province is undertaking a co-ordinated review of all four plans. The input will be used to help shape proposed amendments.

The review will provide many opportunities for Aboriginal communities, municipalities, stakeholders and the public from rural and urban areas to get involved.

Purpose of Policy:

The purpose of this Policy Proposal Notice is to inform the public that the Province is seeking public input during the co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan. The geographic area of coverage for the Growth Plan and the three plans of the Greenbelt is shown, for reference, on Figure 1 in the discussion document.

The co-ordinated review will have two rounds of public consultation. During this first round, the province seeks input to inform the development of proposed plan amendments. The discussion document, Our Region, Our Community, Our Home, is intended to help inform and guide discussions. It describes the plans and their objectives, highlights important policy issues and sets out questions to help focus the feedback. The questions address six main themes:

  • Protecting agricultural land, water, and natural areas 
  • Keeping people and goods moving and building cost-effective infrastructure 
  • Fostering healthy, liveable, and inclusive communities 
  • Building communities that attract workers and create jobs 
  • Addressing climate change and building resilient communities 
  • Improving implementation and better aligning the plans

Input and feedback from this round of consultation will help inform the development of proposed amendments to the plans. During the second round of consultation, we will consult on proposed plan amendments in accordance with each plan’s governing legislation. Information about how to participate in the second round will be provided at a later date.

Other Information:

Public Consultation:

This proposal was posted for a 90 day public review and comment period starting February 27, 2015. Comments were to be received by May 28, 2015.

All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.


Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

In addition to this EBR posting, the Province has developed an e-consultation website at www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview. This website contains information about the co-ordinated review, including the discussion document, supporting materials and links to related land use planning information.

Electronic comments may be submitted by e-mail to landuseplanningreview@ontario.ca.  
 
Public feedback may also be submitted at the regional town hall meetings that will be held across the plan areas. Meeting dates and location details are outlined on the co-ordinated review website at: www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview.  

The government welcomes your input on this initiative. Comments can be provided electronically, by mail or by fax. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing can be reached during regular business hours from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, at (416) 325-7377, toll free at 1 (800) 665-1120 or by fax at (416) 325-7403.

Written comments may be forwarded to:

Land Use Planning Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay St., Suite 425 (4th floor)
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

Please check the ministry website for regular updates on other opportunities for you to participate: www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview.  


 
Contact:

Richard Stromberg
Manager
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5G 2E5
Phone: (416) 325-7377
Toll Free Phone: (800) 665-1120

Additional Information:

The following government offices have additional information regarding this Proposal. To arrange a viewing of these documents please call the Ministry Contact or the Office listed below.

Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5G 2E5
Phone: (416) 325-7377
Toll Free Phone: (800) 665-1120