The Living Greenbelt – 2.73 MB
In 2005, the Province established the Greenbelt as a legacy for generations of Ontarians to come. Adding more than 1 million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive lands to the already protected Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and the Oak Ridges Moraine, the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt is intended to support multiple objectives including: (i) sustaining and nurturing the agricultural sector; (ii) protecting natural heritage systems; (iii) providing cultural, recreational and tourism opportunities; (iv) supporting viable rural communities; and, (v) ensuring sustainable infrastructure and natural resource practices. This report provides an overview of what is being done by the provincial and municipal governments to advance these objectives.
It focuses on efforts that go above and beyond implementing the Plan’s land use policies to achieve the Greenbelt’s full potential. Section 1 elaborates on the background, purpose, and research method for this report. Section 2 provides the policy and regulatory context for the Greenbelt. Section 3 provides a synthesis of the key messages heard from interviewees at the provincial and municipal levels of government as well as civil society, including examples of initiatives that complement or reinforce the Plan. Section 4 offers suggestions for moving forward.