Opportunity to Grow the Greenbelt has been Announced!
The Province has announced a consultation process to consider growing the Greenbelt to protect critical water systems that are facing pressure from urban growth and climate change. The deadline to provide feedback is March 7, 2018.
The study area under consideration is based on the locations in the outer ring (west and north of the Greenbelt) with the highest concentrations of important water resources under pressure from current or forecast urban growth.
The study area selected based on important “building blocks” features for water system health: moraines and other sand and gravel areas, coldwater streams and wetlands.
It is made up of the following seven features and areas:
- The Waterloo and Paris/Galt moraine complex in Waterloo Region, and Brant and Wellington counties.
- The Orangeville Moraine in Wellington and Dufferin counties.
- Several small moraines, including the Gibraltar and Singhampton moraines, along the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in Dufferin and Simcoe counties.
- The Oro Moraine in northeast Simcoe County.
- The Nottawasaga River corridor in Dufferin and Simcoe counties.
- Important surface water and recharge features in southeast Simcoe County.
- Catchment areas and wetlands west of Minesing in Dufferin and Simcoe counties.