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Greenbelt Development Plan Moves Forward Despite Opposition, 2,995 Hectares of Land Removed

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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.”

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Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, Georgina, Halton Region, Oakville, and Brampton opposed the government’s plan. However, some other municipalities stated that the proposed plans align with some requests that they had previously made. Marit Stiles, Leader-elect of the Ontario NDP called this plan a betrayal and said, “It’s an utter and complete betrayal of Ontarians.”

There was a 30-day consultation period on the proposed plan throughout which there was opposition and negative feedback from residents, conservation authorities, agricultural groups, environmental organizations, Indigenous communities, and municipalities. Only 10 days after the 30-day consultation period ended, the government moved forward with its proposed plan.

The official decision shared by the government also states that along with removing 15 areas of land, 13 new Urban River Valley areas and lands will be added in Paris Galt Moraine. It also states that this decision will result in the construction of approximately 50,000 or more new homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. It also states that the lands are being removed to support the target of building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years.

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