Also known as “Ontario’s Growth Plan”, the “Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” sets population location and minimum density targets; mandates mixed housing strategies; and adds a layer of protection to prime farmland, key natural heritage and natural water resources.
In an nutshell, the plan states that:
- growth should occur in existing urban areas (places with water and wastewater infrastructure);
- new developments should demonstrate no negative impacts on key natural heritage or natural water resources;
- prime agricultural areas identified in official plans should be protected;
- planning for infrastructure corridors should undergo environmental assessments that include analyzing impacts on agricultural land, natural heritage features and natural water systems;
- water and sewer systems should support targets.