The Government of Ontario is seeking input on the amended Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2016.
The Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) is being reviewed in a co-ordinated manner along with three other provincial land use plans. This is an opportunity to address challenges with the plans in a cohesive way.
Four provincial land use plans work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The four plans include:
• Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
• Greenbelt Plan, 2005
• Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, 2002
• Niagara Escarpment Plan, 1985
A co-ordinated review of these four land use plans was undertaken in 2015. The Government of Ontario received extensive feedback. An Advisory Panel also provided its recommendations in December 2015 in their report, Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041.
The Province is now seeking input on proposed amendments to these four plans in accordance with each plan’s respective legislation, including the proposed amended NEP, 2016. The policies in the amended NEP, 2016 have been modernized to meet current and anticipated needs, and language better aligned with that of policies in the other three provincial plans.