Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Cabinet are about to make a final decision on the updated Greenbelt and Growth Plans. They have a big choice to make: protect farmland, water sources, and natural areas in and around the Greenbelt, or allow developers to pave over these areas for years to come.
This is our last chance to let the Premier and MPPs know that Ontarians support clean water and local food. Please add your voice and help push back against powerful interests lobbying to roll back these hard-earned protections.
What is at stake?
Proposed changes to the Growth Plan and Greenbelt Plan will allow costly and damaging sprawl developments on thousands of hectares of rural countryside:
- A loophole in the Growth Plan allows sprawl development on unserviced farmland to be counted as intensification. A recent Neptis Foundation study identified 31,000 hectares of land in Simcoe and elsewhere set aside for such growth, which could cost billions of dollars to service in the future.
- Proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan will allow sprawl around towns and villages within the Greenbelt, and remove the prohibition on building new water and sewer pipes from Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe. These policies are central to the goals of the Greenbelt; removing them could fatally undermine it.
There is no need for these changes.
An area of land larger than Mississauga and Oakville is set aside for development in the region, more than enough to accommodate population growth to 2031 and beyond. To support this smarter, more land-efficient growth, we need to protect water sources and productive farmland, not encourage more costly, developer-driven urban sprawl.
The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) is calling on Premier Wynne and her government to fix the Greenbelt and Growth Plan while they still can. Please send a letter to show your support for our region’s clean air, fresh water, and healthy local food.