Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe developers and land speculators are lobbying local governments to put sprawl-style development on precious natural areas, farmland, and water sources. They’re using the COVID-19 crisis as a smoke screen saying these developments are necessary to get us through the crisis. And they’re convincing local and provincial governments to use an emergency-only tool, Minister's Zoning Orders (MZOs) to ignore proper planning and environmental protection. And most recently, they’ve convinced the Province to take away the ability of Conservation Authorities to stop bad development.
We need to stop them.
Local governments must focus on protecting the natural spaces, farmland and precious water sources we deeply depend on. They must stop sprawl and stop requesting the Province to use MZOs. Instead they must protect farmland and natural areas by adding them to the Greenbelt.
Now it’s time to tell your local Council you want a COVID Recovery Plan that stops using MZOs, stops changes to Conservation Authorities and stops sprawl and grows the Greenbelt.
Ontario Greenbelt Alliance
Did you know that Ontario has 2 million acres of protected farmland and green spaces surrounding the Greater Golden Horseshoe? It’s called the Greenbelt and it gives us clean water, healthy local food and $2.6 billion per year in ecological services.
We are the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, the leading supporter of this world-renowned Greenbelt, and it is our vision to grow and strengthen the Greenbelt landscape to enable a future with clean water resources, thriving farms, local food sources, habitat for wildlife and trails for nature lovers. Ontario’s Greenbelt stops sprawl. It defines where not to grow and where to grow, providing certainty to plan communities in the smartest and most sustainable way possible.
The Greenbelt is a living, growing system for sustaining a healthy environment and vibrant communities.
For immediate release: October 15, 2020
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