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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.