Updates

May 18, 2017

Release of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

Following two years of extensive consultation, the Government of Ontario has released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017, this plan will replace the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 that initially took effect on June 16, 2006. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was reviewed as part of a co-ordinated land use planning review, alongside the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Niagara Escarpment Plan. As a part of this review, a Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016 was released on May 10, 2016 for public input. The updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 was informed by review and consideration of all feedback received from stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities, as well as recommendations from an Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie.

The plan works to support the achievement of complete communities, curb sprawl, protect the natural environment, support economic development, and ensure that land to accommodate forecasted population and employment growth will be available when needed, now and in the future.

To learn more or to review and download the Growth Plan, please visit Ontario.ca/greatergoldenhorseshoeplans.

November 1, 2016

Co-ordinated Review public input period now closed.

On May 10, 2016, the Government of Ontario released proposed changes to four plans that have been part of a Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The deadline to provide feedback on the proposed changes was October 31, 2016. Thank you for your input. The feedback we received during the review process will inform any final revisions to the plans. We expect to release updated plans in early 2017.

To learn more about the Co-ordinated Review please visit Ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview

May 10, 2016

Release of a Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016

The Government of Ontario is proposing changes to four plans that have been part of a Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Government has reviewed and considered all feedback from stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities, as well as recommendations from an Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie.

The Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016  is available for review and download. We want to hear your comments and feedback on the proposed changes to the plans.

To learn more about the Co-ordinated Review, how the government is seeking input, public open houses dates and locations, as well as the other proposed revised plans, please visit Ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview

December 7, 2015

Co-ordinated Review Advisory Panel and Town Hall Meeting Summary Reports

On February 27, 2014, the co-ordinated review process of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan was initiated.

An Advisory Panel was appointed to develop and propose recommendations on how to amend and improve the plans. Chair David Crombie, along with five other members, attended public meetings, reviewed the plans and relied upon their knowledge of the region and issues at stake to provide input and recommendations.

After months of deliberation and hard work, the Advisory Panel has completed its work and submitted the report: Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041. The report’s Executive Summary is also available.

The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review Summary Report on Town Hall Meetings is also available for download. It summarizes the main themes that emerged during the 17 town hall consultation meetings.

The Government of Ontario will take the Advisory Panel report into consideration along with all of the comments submitted for the co-ordinated review in drafting proposed changes . There will be an opportunity for additional public input expected to begin in the winter of 2016.

Thank you to the Advisory Panel and to everyone who participated in the consultation process. Learn more.

July 13, 2015

Places to Grow Implementation Fund

The Places to Grow Implementation Fund supports projects that promote and help achieve the policies or goals of the Province’s growth plans -- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011.  The fund awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support a limited number of innovative projects.

In 2015-16, priority will be given to research initiatives and projects that build awareness and understanding of growth planning in Ontario with a focus on enhancing implementation of growth planning policies, for example, building complete and resilient communities, integrating cost-effective infrastructure, and curbing urban sprawl. Learn more.

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