On May 10th, 2016 the province announced its recommendations for changes to the Growth and Greenbelt Plans.
We are encouraged by the proposal to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands, bringing the Greenbelt into cities and towns with over 6 million residents.
The province also added four parcels of protected countryside in the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region.
But...the widely supported grassroots initiative to expand the Greenbelt and protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources was left out of the amendments. We hear that the province plans to start a process to identify such areas in the coming months - let's hold them to their word!
The grassroots 'bluebelt' proposal, put together by a coalition of over 100 environmental and community groups, calls for an ambitious expansion of the Greenbelt in order to protect critical drinking water sources and to ensure an abundant supply of clean water.
Read all about it below!
Check out the primer for detailed maps and more information about the #GROWOURGB movement.
The map above shows the proposed additions to the Greenbelt the province is currently putting forward. It's a great start - but there's still a long way to go!
The proposed expansion areas were identified through consultations with community organizations, Conservation Authority staff, professional ecologists/hydrologists, and elected officials.
Be part of the movement - use #GrowOurGB on social media to follow the conversation and share your thoughts!
Let's Grow our Greenbelt!