The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is seeking input on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion to protect water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).
The study area is based on locations –with high concentrations of important water features that are under pressure from current or forecasted urban development.
The focus of this consultation is to seek input on:
- The province’s approach to identifying moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands as important features for protecting water in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- The process followed for mapping a study area based on the locations of these features
- Other factors to be considered when mapping a proposed Greenbelt boundary, such as accommodating forecasted population and employment growth, and other provincial interests including agriculture, natural heritage, mineral aggregates and infrastructure, and any other local considerations.
Study Area for Potential Future Greenbelt Expansion
The study area is made up of the following seven features and areas:
- Waterloo and Paris/Galt Moraine complex in Waterloo Region, Brant County, and Wellington County
- Orangeville Moraine in Wellington and Dufferin Counties
- Escarpment area moraines in Dufferin and Simcoe Counties
- Oro Moraine in northeast Simcoe County
- Nottawasaga River corridor in Dufferin and Simcoe Counties
- Important surface water and recharge features in southeast Simcoe County; and
- Catchment areas and wetlands west of Minesing in Dufferin and Simcoe Counties.
Several river corridors flowing through the study area are also included on the study area map. The urban sections of these corridors may be considered for addition to the Greenbelt under the Urban River Valley (URV) designation.
The study area is not a proposed Greenbelt boundary. The province is not consulting on a proposed Greenbelt boundary at this time.
The study area is conceptual and incorporates additional land around the identified water features. The study area is not a proposed boundary. Input received through this consultation will help inform decisions on how to move from a study area to a proposed Greenbelt boundary.
In keeping with the requirements of the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the province would consult with the public, municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations on a proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Plan and boundary prior to any changes being made.
The province would consult further on a proposed boundary before any changes are made.