As the feedback period for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review drew to a close, discussion of housing affordability, land supply, the Growth Plan, and building complete communities has heated up.
Photo in the Visualizing Density series by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs
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 this in-depth look at how our region is growing.
The first story, "A bold vision for the Golden Horseshoe," explores the vision the Growth Plan imagines for the region, and the benefits of realizing that vision—including better transit and infrastructure, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and support for local food and agriculture.
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, the growing desire for complete communities, and makes comparisons with international and other Canadian cities.
In addition to the Toronto Star features, our friends at Environmental Defence released a mid-term report card for the proposed amendments to the Greenbelt and Growth Plans. The report includes an action checklist for strengthening Greenbelt protection and improving the implementation of smart growth policies across the GGH.