How may the Greenbelt Area Boundary Change? Check out Ontario Farmland Trust’s Comments
The Ontario Greenbelt Plan has been in the news a lot lately, with the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review set to wrap up this spring. This review process has worked hard to update the Province’s four region-wide land use plans that coordinate urban growth, while also protecting agriculture and environmental features in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
In mid-January, the Province posted Environmental Registry Notice #012-9247, building on the changes coming through the Co-ordinated Review. This posting shows the proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation showing specific sites where the plan boundaries are may be modified.
Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) is concerned with the Province’s approval of a handful of requests to change the Greenbelt Area boundary. OFT believes that further justification for the 58 ha of land being removed should be provided by the Province so we are not setting a precedence for removing farmland from the protected areas.
OFT’s recommendations included:
– Do Not Reduce the Total Area of Agriculture within the Greenbelt’s Protected Countryside
– Increase Transparency by Providing Further Justification of Land Removals in Protected Countryside