Supporting Documents

These supporting documents to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe include implementation documents, technical papers and backgrounders.

Implementation Analysis
Technical Papers
Technical Backgrounders
Background Documents


 

Implementation Analysis

Size and Location of Urban Growth Centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
This report identifies the size and location of urban growth centres in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 

Built Boundary for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
The built boundary will be used for monitoring and implementing several key policies of the Growth Plan. The province released the built boundary in its final form on April 2, 2008.

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Technical Papers

Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Forecasts to 2041, November 2012 (Hemson Consulting) (link opens in a new window)
This technical report was prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure as background to the review of Population and Employment Forecasts in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

 

Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth (2009)

To obtain a copy of this paper, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat.

This discussion paper, issued in 2009, lays out a strategy and directions to plan for more prosperous and sustainable growth in the Simcoe area.

 

Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe link opens new window

This is an analysis of high-rise apartment tower neighbourhoods in the Greater Golden Horseshoe that were developed in the post World War II period (1945-1984) and the provincial policies that can influence their renewal.

 

Planning for Employment in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
This background paper is a first step in the assessment of land use planning for employment that was committed to in the Growth Plan. It explores the changing nature of employment in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the challenges of planning for employment, and potential strategies to better plan for employment.  

 

The Growth Outlook for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, January 2005 (Hemson Consulting) link opens new window
This provides population, household and employment forecasts to 2031 - a collaboration among the Ontario Government and the Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario.

 

Application of Land-Use Intensification Target for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2005

To obtain a copy of this paper, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat.

This study contains background on and application of land use intensification targets to direct development to limit urban sprawl.

 

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Technical Backgrounders

Technical Backgrounder:  Implementation of Amendment 2 (2013) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
This may offer assistance in understanding Amendment 2 to the Growth Plan. Amendment 2 updates the population and employment forecasts and extends the horizon of the Growth Plan to 2041.

 

Technical Backgrounder:  Planning for Economic Success: Clarifying employment policies in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
This will help to clarify the policies, schedules and definitions of the Growth Plan that speak to the importance of planning for employment across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

 

Technical Backgrounder:  Planning for Employment in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
An overview of the employment area assessment background paper released on May 14, 2008.

 

Technical Backgrounder: Built Boundary for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 (2008)
This summarizes the method for defining the edge of the built up area, called the built boundary, which will be used for monitoring and implementing several key policies of the Growth Plan.

 

Technical Backgrounder: Municipal Conformity
This summarizes statutory requirements for municipalities to conform to the Growth Plan.

 

Technical Backgrounder: Intensification and Density Targets
This explains intensification and density targets policies in the Growth Plan.

 

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Background Documents

Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe 

This guide provides an overview of the proposed changes to the four land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan) and their intended results. The text of the actual proposed amendments should be consulted for more details or precise wording. This document is not intended to be read as advice or background to any planning decision.

 

Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015Ė2041 link opens new window 

Recommendations of the Advisory Panel on the 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

To obtain copies of the following reports, please contact the Ontario Growth Secretariat.

 

Proposed Amendment 2 (2012) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006  

This document, issued in 2012, proposed policies that relate to population and employment forecasts for municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

 

Proposed Amendment 1 (2010) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006

This document, issued in 2010, proposed draft policies and schedules for application in the Simcoe Sub-area. It was consulted on broadly in 2010 and 2011.

 

Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, November 2005

This built upon the Draft Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, February 2005 and was released for consultation, as required by the Places to Grow Act, 2005.

 

Draft Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, February 2005

This built upon the Places to Grow: Discussion Paper, July 2004, and was released for consultation. 

 

A Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe:  Discussion Paper, July 2004

This was the first document released for consultation in the development of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and identified the preliminary vision and many of the policies that would be incorporated into the final, approved Growth Plan.

 

Shape the Future: Smart Growth Panels' Reports

In 2002 five multidisciplinary panels across the province were appointed by the Ontario government to provide strategic advice on issues relevant to their zones. Panel members consulted with stakeholders and the public, met with experts, and evaluated research before submitting their final recommendations in 2003.

The following reports are available:

  • Shape the Future - Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel Final Report (2003)
  • Shape the Future - Eastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel Final Report (2003)
  • Shape the Future - Northeastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel Final Report (2003)
  • Shape the Future - Northwestern Ontario Smart Growth Panel Final Report (2003)
  • Shape the Future - Western Ontario Smart Growth Panel Final Report (2003)

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