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.