There are still some Open Houses to learn about the changes Ontario plans to make to four critical provincial land use plans.
In February 2015, a review began of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.
An advisory panel chaired by David Crombie completed its review and provided its recommendations in December 2015. The panel noted, “There is strong support for these plans” but “there is an urgent need to improve the plans.”
Ontario responded with a number of changes to those plans, and the province has been holding Open House sessions for the public. You can still attend one of these sessions:
June 14 - St. Catharines
June 21 - Hamilton
June 23 - Oshawa
June 27 - Toronto
June 28 - Peterborough
July 5 - Owen Sound
Ministry staff are on site at these events to answer questions about the proposed changes to the plans. No registration is required.
If you can't get to an Open House, you can also find out about the changes on an Ontario government website — http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page14809.aspx. Look for a booklet called Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This can be downloaded as a PDF.
The deadline for comment on the proposed changes is Sept. 30, 2016.