“The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan are four provincial land use plans that work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment. These plans support agriculture and promote economic development in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe.”

Some highlights include of the Growth plan include:

Protecting Natural Heritage and Water 

  • Establishing Greenbelt-level protections for natural heritage systems — such as wetlands, woodlands and rivers — beyond the Greenbelt, with the province taking the lead in mapping those areas. Municipalities will be required to plan for and protect these systems in their municipal official plans.
  • Requiring that municipalities  complete watershed planning before planning settlement area expansions, infrastructure or major developments that could affect those watersheds.

Responding to Climate Change

  • Requiring municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to include climate change policies in their official plans.

  • Requiring municipalities to develop storm water management plans and conduct climate change vulnerability risk assessments when planning or replacing infrastructure.

  • Encouraging municipalities to develop greenhouse gas inventories, emission reduction strategies, and related targets and performance measures.

To learn more, please visit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx

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