Greenbelt Development Plan Moves Forward Despite Opposition, 2,995 Hectares of Land Removed
Despite “broad opposition” the Ontario government is moving forward with its housing plan and has secured approximately 2,995 hectares of Greenbelt land. The Cabinet presented two regulations on December 14 and more than 27,000 submissions were analyzed. This decision will result in the construction of approximately 50,000 or more new homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.
In a controversial move, the cabinet has passed the two regulations that allow for land to be removed from the Greenbelt for construction purposes. This means 15 areas of land totaling approximately 7,400 acres from the edge of the Greenbelt Area in Paris Galt Moraine in Wellington County. The Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine is a vast 810,000-hectare area of farmland, forest, and wetland that was off-limits to development, till now.
The analysis of more than 27,000 submissions for this regulation posted by the government and it said, “Overall, there was strong support for continued Greenbelt protections and broad opposition to any removals or redesignation of lands under the Greenbelt Plan or Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Numerous submissions asserted that the proposal is contradictory to the vision and goals of the Greenbelt Plan and requested a full withdrawal of the proposal. No changes were made to the proposal as a result of public consultation.”