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Coordinated Land-Use Planning Review

In 2015, the government initiated the Coordinated Land-Use Planning Review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP), the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP), the Greenbelt Plan (2005) and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006).

The Greenbelt knits together three distinct regions - the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment and the Protected Countryside - and the Greenbelt is within the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

A coordinated review at this scope and scale is unprecedented in Ontario. However, it is an opportunity to improve the ecological and hydrological function of the Oak Ridges Moraine for the benefit of the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe. This review opens the door for a systematic approach to better plan for and build a socially and ecologically resilient region in the face of climate change and anticipated population growth.

The lead agency, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), is working with other ministries, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), to coordinate this massive undertaking with support from a six-member advisory panel, chaired by David Crombie.

In December, the Advisory Panel released its report recommending how to improve the land-use plans, Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041.Click here to see our response to this report.

For more information about the Coordinated Land-Use Planning Review, visit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx.

To read the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership’s EBR 012-3256 submission to the Co-ordinated Review, click here. To learn how EcoSpark is facilitating a strong youth voice in this provincial review review our Greenbelt Youth Charter, here.

To stay up to date on the review, sign up for our Marvellous Moraine campaign at www.MarvellousMoraine.ca.

How is EcoSpark keeping the Moraine Marvellous?

As part of the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership, EcoSpark is a key stakeholder in the Coordinated Land-Use Planning Review. We are calling for Stronger Laws, Stronger Landscape and a Stronger Legacy as outcomes of this review.

  1. Stronger Laws: Address policy gaps and close loopholes that are not aligned with the vision and objectives of the conservation plans that protect the Oak Ridges Moraine and Protected Countryside of the Greenbelt.
  2. Stronger Landscape: Establish a Greater Golden Horseshoe bioregional strategy to help the region, including the Greenbelt, mitigate the impacts of and adapt to climate change. We will accomplish this by extending the protection of natural heritage and prime agricultural systems to the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe, one that is supported by a hard urban edge to stop urban sprawl and growing the Greenbelt to provide additional protection to vulnerable water supplies and features

  3. Stronger Legacy: Build stronger support for effective implementation of the Greenbelt, establish a robust monitoring program to evaluate the health of the Greenbelt, encourage new champions of the landscape, and a reinvestment in programs fostering long-term stewardship and restoration and ecological and community monitoring

The Greenbelt is a cornerstone of a climate change strategy for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and its three plans create a solid legacy of greenspace and farmland for the health and prosperity of the region. We are asking the government to re-commit and enhance protection for our water, nature and communities to ensure the long-term health and prosperity of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

To read the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership’s EBR 012-3256 submission to the Co-ordinated review, click here.