Land-use policies and growth forecasts are subjects that often lead to yawning, bewilderment and deep sleep. But they’re also central to determining the future of our neighbourhoods, our towns and cities, and our rural areas. It’s a bit like going to the dentist. You may not like it but have to do it.
New Report: Plan to Achieve - A Review of the Land Needs Assessment Process and the Implementation of the Growth Plan
A new report in the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Occasional Papers reviews the Growth Plan and other land use policies, and finds that a flawed approach to Land Needs Assessments (LNA) is leading to continued sprawl which is undermining the Growth Plan.
August 17, 2016
PLAN TO ACHIEVE: NEW REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OF SPRAWL UNDERMINING THE GROWTH PLAN
Report finds that outdated Land Needs Assessment method leading to over-designation of greenfield land in the Greater Toronto Area
As the Province undertakes a review of the Growth Plan and other land use polices, a new report finds that a flawed approach to Land Needs Assessments (LNAs) is leading to continued sprawl which is undermining the Growth Plan. The report, Plan to Achieve: A Review of the Land Needs Assessment Process and the Implementation of the Growth Plan, from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was prepared by Kevin Eby former Director of Community Planning for the Region of Waterloo. The report recommends the Province freeze urban boundary expansions until growth forecasts can be updated with the 2016 Census data.
Photo by Michael Gil via Flickr
Recently Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca suspended the Environmental Assessment for a highway known as the GTA West or “The 413.” The 413 would curve south-west from the 400 at King-Vaughan Road and meet the 407 and 401 roughly at Winston Churchill Blvd. It would have to cross the Greenbelt several times to get there.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Research and Policy Assistant #19826
Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected natural heritage, prime farmland and vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:
(i) develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related other plans and policies;
(ii) identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
(iii) contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt.
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July 22, 2016
The link invites community members to paint the greenbelt mural
The Link community-creative hub is partnering with Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to celebrate local food and nature through art with a new mural
As part of the ongoing community-creative hub development, The Link is partnering with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to create a new mural along the unique, accessible corridor representing the community’s vision of nature and the outdoors. The mural celebrates the natural beauty of the Greenbelt and the Black River which lies on the eastern border of The Link property.
Members of the community are invited to join in painting the mural on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 4pm. Artist Stefano Bove will be prepping the wall for painting in paint-by-number style so all ages and abilities are able to participate in creating this community asset. Snacks and light refreshments will be served.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation completed a study to understand the process by which natural heritage features (NHF) are mapped and communicated to the public by municipalities in Ontario. This was in response to issues raised by Greenbelt stakeholders, mainly within the agricultural sector, who are affected by inaccuracies in Official Plan mapping schedules for natural heritage features.
One thing you’ll notice about the Greenbelt – whether you’re walking, cycling or driving – is the immense numbers of trees. In fact the Greenbelt is home to an estimated 200 million trees, and they do a lot more than provide a shady place to rest.
The Greenbelt’s forests capture and filter water, absorb air pollution, support crop pollination, and store and sequester carbon. These ‘eco-services’ are worth an estimated $1 billion – and the trees provide them for free.
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June 23, 2016
Curated local loops and collaboration with cycling and tourism groups draw new riders to Ontario’s protected countryside in the Greenbelt
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario By Bike, Feast ON, and regional tourism offices across Ontario’s protected Greenbelt to showcase world-class cycle tourism experiences connecting the region in the Greenbelt Route. Launched in 2015, the Greenbelt Route connects communities from Northumberland to Niagara on a signed cycling route through the countryside, highlighting bike-friendly destinations and supporting local economies.