Municipal Natural Capital Project
Smart Prosperity Institute
$80,000 (18 months)
Smart Prosperity Institute will pilot natural capital accounting in two Greenbelt municipalities, with the goal of 'mainstreaming' decisions to protect and invest in natural capital.
The first in a new series, Housing Affordability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, this report places housing prices in the GGH in a global context.
"Understanding the factors contributing to upward pressure on housing prices in the GGH provides the necessary context for policy and planning tools to address concerns of affordability, access and equity in the housing market, in order to create the sustainable and prosperous communities of the future."
Read the full report below.
Stay tuned for the next report in the series!
- 88% support directing growth to already-built up areas
- 84% support local government incentives to direct growth to main streets, older commercial areas and existing built-up neighbourhoods
- 73% say developers are building too may single-family homes in suburbia and need to build a greater range and mix of housing options closer to transit and amenities
- 72% say the Province should only fund transit projects in communities with the housing and job density to support the infrastructure
- 84% say Yes in My Backyard! to midrise development on main streets if it means better transit, more shops and amenities, and more green space
New Assessment of the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital Finds Ecological Goods and Services Are Worth Billions to Residents of Ontario
By: Tom Bowers, Senior Research and Policy Analyst
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to release our latest report, Ontario's Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt's Natural Capital produced by Green Analytics. The report assessed the value of final services provided by the Greenbelt that Ontario residents benefit from, including, flood protection, recreational opportunities and clean drinking water. It finds that in addition to storing over $11.17B of carbon, the Greenbelt provides $3.2B annually in ecosystem services to residents of the region (approximately 9 million people).Read more
New polling shows that 8 in 10 residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe support the Growth Plan and its goals. The most important goal of the Growth Plan identified by respondents was the protection of farmland and sensitive natural areas.
The numbers also showed that 81% of residents support directing the majority of housing and job growth to already built up areas.
The survey was a joint project of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Environmental Defence.
For a detailed look at the survey results, please click here.
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On October 18, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation co-hosted an Edge Planning workshop with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance in Niagara Region. Held at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, the workshop was attended by over 40 engaged stakeholders, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), private planning firms, the Ontario Landowners Association, universities and local farms.
In February 2015, Ontario embarked on a review of four land use plans, including the Greenbelt Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). The 18-month review period included town hall meetings and open houses, an advisory panel report, and an updated vision for the future of our region. The feedback period drew to a close on Monday, October 31. The Province will now review the thousands of letters you've sent and announce final amendments in spring 2017. Here are our top five highlights of the 2015 Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.Read more
On Saturday, October 22, issues around housing affordability and growth in the GTA were front and centre in a two-page feature in the Toronto Star. If you missed the print edition, catch up on your weekend reading with this in-depth look at how our region is growing.
The second story, "Home sweet, costly home - a pricey debate," looks at the variety of factors contributing to the GTA's hot real estate market, and makes international comparisons.
View a PDF of the article