January 2019
Government Backtracks on Greenbelt Development Plans

2019-01-24 10:20:35 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday announced via his twitter account that proposed changes in Bill 66 implicating Ontario’s Greenbelt would be dropped when the legislature resumes in February.

As AMCTO previously noted, Schedule 10 of the Planning Act would have allowed municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws allowing them to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislation, which the government says would create jobs, cut red tape to attract developers, and create affordable housing. 

Many critics warned that this would open up Ontario’s Greenbelt, the world’s largest permanently protected green space, and Toronto’s surrounding farmland to development. Such proposed changes as well could have impacted various water protection acts. 

For more information, please see below: 

Toronto Star: Ford government backs down on plan that could have opened up the Greenbelt to development



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