Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017)

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.

 

Link to Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs — Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe website

Link to Places to Grow – Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (.pdf)

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