Groups Band Together to Save Farmland

"We are building on our recent collaborative article in the Hamilton Spectator. This collaborative effort has been managed by Ontario Farmland Trust."

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The Ontario Farmland Trust along with 14 other farming and conservation organizations have joined together and called on the province to freeze all urban expansion and introduce firm, permanent municipal growth boundaries in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This urgent call is important to prevent the region’s remaining farmland from being paved over and additional farming communities from being displaced.

It’s clear that more land for urban development in the region is not needed, with an excess of 25 years’ worth of farmland already designated by municipalities to accommodate growth in both urban and rural settlement areas (Neptis Foundation, 2015). An area of prime farmland 1.5 times the size of the City of Toronto is in the process of being rapidly converted to housing subdivisions, warehouses and strip malls.

Not just home to the best farmland in Canada, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is home to one of North America’s largest agricultural and agri-food industry clusters, with a unique diversity of primary farm production, food processing, food service, food distribution and retail that represents the fastest growing employment sector in Ontario and generates $12.3 billion in annual economic activity.

The Greenbelt protects some of Ontario’s countryside, but there are hundreds of thousands of acres that continue to be at-risk and need protection now.

This call for firmer growth boundaries has been published in the Hamilton Spectator. Read the full story.

Extended deadline for Land Use comment period

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On May 10, 2016, Ontario released proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

Due to high interest in the review and in response to requests made by several municipalities and stakeholder organizations, we are extending the deadline for comments on the four proposed revised plans to be submitted.

The deadline to provide input on the four proposed revised plans has been extended to October 31, 2016.

We invite you to provide input on the proposed changes. They were informed by the feedback we received from Indigenous communities, the public, municipalities, stakeholders and the Advisory Panel appointed to provide recommendations on how to make the plans better.

Please visit the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review website at www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview to find “Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe,” a guide to proposed changes to the land use plans, and the four proposed revised plans. Comments and feedback can also be submitted through our website. 

The province remains committed to making revisions to the land use plans.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the review so far. We look forward to receiving further input on how to further improve the plans and continue to strengthen and supportcommunities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt.

Sincerely,

Bill Mauro
Minister of Municipal Affairs
17th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2E5    

Best,

Kathryn McGarry
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Suite 6630, 6th Floor, 99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario 
M7A 1W3

Ontario Proposing To Grow the Greenbelt

Province Suggesting Changes to Adopt Recommendations of Crombie Panel

In the spring of 2015, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry initiated a co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

We are pleased to inform you of the release of changes to these four plans and invite you to provide input. These proposals were informed by the feedback we received from the public, municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the Advisory Panel appointed to propose recommendations on how to make the plans better.

Please visit our website at www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview to find Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a guide to proposed changes to the land use plans and the four proposed revised plans. Information on how to provide input, as well as the dates and locations of public open houses will also be available on our website.

The deadline to provide input on the four proposed revised plans is September 30, 2016.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the review so far. We look forward to receiving input on how to further improve the plans and continue to strengthen and support communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt.

The news release and backgrounder can be viewed here.

Best regards,


Ted McMeekin
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2E5    

Bill Mauro
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Suite 6630, 6th Floor, 99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario 
M7A 1W3

Ontario's soil map getting first update in 40 years

The provincial and federal governments have teamed up to invest $5.1 million to update Ontario's soil map.

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal, the MPP for Peterborough, made the announcement Friday at Hawthorne Ridge Heritage Farm in Douro-Dummer Township.

Funds will be invested over the next two years, with Peterborough County allocated $875,000 for aerial mapping, data collection and field logistics and staff.

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ARA / Co-ordinated Land Review Submission

Our submission

 

Re: EBR Registry Number: 012-5444
Food and Water First Review Comments (NDACT)
A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to Modernize and Strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act Policy Framework, Ontario

Dear Ms. Rosa,

This review of the Ontario document ‘A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to Modernize and Strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act Policy Framework” has been undertaken at the request of North Dufferin Agricultural and CommunityTaskforce (NDACT). This review is focussed on NDACT’s provincial Food and Water First Initiative to protect Ontario’s prime agricultural lands and water resources. This letter conforms to NDACT’s basic objectives but also contains views of the author.

The enclosed comments also reflect consideration of the Provincial Policy Statement (2005 and 2014), the Cornerstone Aggregate Standards (2015) and Crombie Report “Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Horseshoe 2015-2041". This milestone report released December 7, 2015 is expected to lead provincial land use policy for south-central Ontario over the coming years. The Aggregate Resources Act Blueprint for Change document has not been harmonized with this document.

 

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