I'm always surprised when I talk to regular folks—those not in the “Greenbelt” business—about how engaged they are in the Greenbelt and planning issues. I’m often impressed by how much they care, as well as by their intuitive observations and commentary. In other words, you don't need to be a fancy planner or 'died in the wool' environmentalist to have sensible opinions about smart planning and how we build our communities.
I often meet people who have comments about planning in their community, how to utilize green space, and the importance of local food. It’s often even inspiring when I meet those who are dedicated and involved in these issues.
This seems to be especially true during the 2015 ongoing provincial review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans. Interest in the Review process is clear: over 3,000 people participated in the town hall meetings, and some 30,000 comments and letters have been received by the Ministry. And that's in addition to all the farm development and NGO stakeholder submissions.
That's why we're particularly looking forward to our Telephone Town Hall on January 26. And we're thrilled to have the Panel Chair David Crombie available to also listen and answer questions on all these issues.
Today's Telephone Town Hall is a live and interactive conversation on the Land Use Advisory Panel’s recommendations for the Growth and Greenbelt Plans. This is an opportunity for the public to participate in the conversation and learn more about the key recommendations and issues in the Advisory Panel’s report.
Learn more about Telephone Town Hall and how to get in on the conversation.