Following the release of the "Crombie Report" in
December, 2015, the province has proposed amendments to four major
land use plans which affect the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The comment period is open until September 30,
a) Integrating climate change considerations into planning and
managing the Agricultural System, Natural Heritage System and Water
Resource System to improve resilience and protect carbon
sequestration potential, recognizing that the Natural Heritage
System is also a component of green infrastructure; and
b) Integrating climate change considerations into planning and
managing growth by incorporating techniques to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions in resilient settlement areas and infrastructure
located within the Greenbelt.
And the following in the Places to Grow Plan:
4.2.10 Climate Change
1. Upper- and single-tier municipalities will develop policies
in their official plans to identify actions that will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change adaptation
goals, aligned with the Ontario Climate Change Strategy, 2015 and
2. In planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address
the impacts of climate change, municipalities are encouraged
a) develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to
improve resilience to climate change through land use planning,
planning for infrastructure, including transit and energy, and the
conservation objectives in policy 18.104.22.168;
b) develop greenhouse gas inventories for transportation,
buildings, waste management and municipal operations; and
c) establish municipal interim and long-term greenhouse gas
emission reduction targets that support provincial targets and
reflect consideration of the goal of net-zero communities, and
monitor and report on progress made towards the achievement of
Key take-aways from these proposed policies are the concepts of
"resilience", "green infrastructure", and tying the work
of municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the
overall provincial strategy and action plan.
In addition to improvements related to growing the Greenbelt by
adding key natural heritage systems and features, the proposed
changes also seek to increase the current "density
targets" in greenfield (undeveloped lands) development targets
from 50 to 60 residents and jobs per hectare. The intensification
target would also be increased from a minimum of 40 percent to 60
percent of all residential development occurring annually within a
built-up (developed) area.
If you want to provide feedback on the amendments, you can find
the comment form here.
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