On May 10, the province announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt. These included several positive moves: growing the Greenbelt into 28 urban river valleys and wetlands; more support for farming and local food; and a commitment to grow our towns and cities smartly.
But we think the changes could—and should—be more ambitious. The government has an unparalleled opportunity to create a bigger, stronger Greenbelt that will provide long-term benefits and support for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region as it grows and intensifies.
Lend Your Voice
Over the summer, the province held a series of open houses on the proposed changes. No more open houses are scheduled, but you can submit a comment online or through the through the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. The deadline for comments is October 31, 2016.
We are among a diverse coalition of groups calling for better protection of water supplies and other hydrological areas outside the Greenbelt that are under threat from urban sprawl. The visionary grassroots initiative outlines a plan to further expand the Greenbelt to protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources, many of which are currently left out of the province's plan.