Growing the Greenbelt will be an important outcome of the Coordinated Land-Use Planning Review. We (EcoSpark, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and STORM) are pleased to see that the government is seeking the public’s advice on where to expand the Greenbelt. This goal was listed in the Premier’s mandate letter to the Minster of Municipal and Affairs and Housing, and also recommended in the Advisory Panel’s report, Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041 (Recommendation 71).
This review represents an important opportunity to include and protect areas with high ecological and hydrological significance in the Greenbelt. Greenbelt policies have proven very effective in protecting the region’s natural heritage system and features. Local experts and community groups throughout the GGH have identified many areas where the Greenbelt should be expanded to provide the same high level of protection. These include key headwater features, significant ground and surface water features, source water areas and urban river valley connections, and have been collected called the “Bluebelt”.
For more information about proposed “Bluebelt” areas to grow the Greenbelt, click here.
Click here for our Partnership’s Growing the Greenbelt press release.
Click here to see Toronto Star coverage on “Bluebelting” the Greenbelt.