Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

MNRF and MMA Release the Updated Provincial Plans

May 18, 2017 at 3:45 PM

The following announcement was sent Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Ministers Kathryn McGarry and Bill Mauro:

Following two years of extensive consultation, including recommendations from an Advisory Panel chaired by former federal cabinet minister and former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, we have released four updated land use plans that will help residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Niagara Escarpment area live, work and play in communities that are healthy, prosperous and sustainable:

  • The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017)
  • The Greenbelt Plan (2017)
  • The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017)
  • The Niagara Escarpment Plan (2017)

The four plans are available for review and download at: ontario.ca/greatergoldenhorseshoeplans

These plans will protect our quality of life for generations to come and will help us prepare for a future in which the region is forecast to grow to 13.5 million by 2041. The plans work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl, provide a range of housing options, and attract jobs and investments, while addressing climate change, preserving and protecting green spaces, farmland and ecologically sensitive lands and waters.

To develop these updated plans, we met with more than 4,600 attendees at town hall meetings, open houses, and technical briefings, and received more than 42,000 comments. We heard from First Nations and Métis communities, municipalities, farmers, developers, environmental organizations, local residents, the Greenbelt Council, and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. This input has been invaluable in helping to shape the final plans we are releasing today as part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the Co-ordinated Review and provided their recommendations and feedback. We look forward to working together to implement the new policies to support a strong, healthy and sustainable future for our growing region.

Sincerely,                                                                   

Bill Mauro                                                              
Minister of Municipal Affairs

Kathryn McGarry
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry       
                         

OSSGA and its committees are working through the documents and will be releasing a summary of the changes early next week.  

Stay tuned.