Ontario is launching a public consultation on expanding the province’s Greenbelt which it says is needed in order protect important water resources in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The province is considering expanding the Greenbelt to include areas in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area that is experiencing significant growth and is under pressure from urban development.
The Advisory Panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review recommended that the province lead a process to grow Ontario’s Greenbelt to protect areas of ecological and hydrological significance where urbanization should not occur.
The government invites public, municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities and organizations to provide input on a study area for potential Greenbelt expansion. The consultation comprises seven areas which, the province says, are most in need of protection, including moraines, cold water streams and wetlands located in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This area also includes valuable water resources that communities rely on for their water supply.
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