We have exciting news to share! After more than 2 years, 42,000 written submissions, and dozens of public meetings, the new Greenbelt Plan was released by the province in May 2017.
Here are five reasons to celebrate:
- Ontario’s 2-million acre Greenbelt withstood intense pressure and remains permanently protected!
- The Greenbelt grew to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands – connecting hydrological features in the Greenbelt to Lake Ontario
- Greenbelt farmers have more flexibility on farm and less red tape
- Future urban growth will be more compact and transit-friendly, and use less land
- The critical role of the Greenbelt in fighting climate change has been recognized
This is a landmark moment in the Greenbelt and Greater Golden Horseshoe's (GGH) history, in no small part due to your overwhelming support for a bigger and stronger protected Greenbelt.
While we’re happy with the outcomes, there is still work to do. The province announced a process and new policies to grow the Greenbelt, and we are hard at work with our partners and community groups to protect the vital water supplies and hydrological areas that are still at risk.
Want to know more about the Co-ordinated Review? Need copies of the Plans or background material to get in the know? We've got you covered.
A coalition of over 100 organizations released a proposal to Grow Our Greenbelt to protect vital water systems and safeguard southern Ontario’s clean drinking water. Check out the proposed expansion areas and use #GrowOurGB on social media to follow the conversation and share your thoughts!
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