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On May 10, the province announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt. These included several positive moves: growing the Greenbelt into 28 urban river valleys and wetlands; more support for farming and local food; and a commitment to grow our towns and cities smartly.

But we think the changes could—and should—be more ambitious. The government has an unparalleled opportunity to create a bigger, stronger Greenbelt that will provide long-term benefits and support for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region as it grows and intensifies.

Lend Your Voice

Over the summer, the province held a series of open houses on the proposed changes. No more open houses are scheduled, but you can submit a comment online or through the through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. The deadline for comments is October 31, 2016.

We are among a diverse coalition of groups calling for better protection of water supplies and other hydrological areas outside the Greenbelt that are under threat from urban sprawl. The visionary grassroots initiative outlines a plan to further expand the Greenbelt to protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources, many of which are currently left out of the province's plan.

Want to know more about Grow Our Greenbelt and the 'Bluebelt Plan'? Visit growourgreenbelt.ca and read our primer, Growing the Green, Protecting the Blue.

 

No public open houses yet.

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