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Proposed Changes to Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan

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Proposed Changes to Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario's Government for the people wants to speed up development and increase the supply of housing as the population and economy of the Greater Golden Horseshoe grows.

To do this, the Ontario government is proposing changes to the region's Growth Plan that would: 

  • Increase housing supply
    Changes would make it faster and easier for local governments to make modest changes to settlement area boundaries. Intensification and density targets used to direct residential and employment growth within settlement areas would better reflect growth rates, local realities and market conditions. This would allow municipalities to make more land available for housing to accommodate forecasted growth.
  • Ensure faster process for building transit areas
    Changes would support updated zoning and faster development around major transit station areas on priority transit lines to support increasing housing supply.
  • Attract investment, create and maintain jobs
    Changes would ensure that significant employment areas are protected, which is critical for the economy and for the jobs the region needs to prosper. Reducing red tape will encourage local economic development.
  • Make growth planning easier for rural communities
    Municipalities, including rural communities, would be able to adjust settlement area boundaries more easily, while continuing to provide protection for agricultural lands and natural areas. Changes would also ensure provincial agricultural and natural heritage systems maps reflect local realities.

The proposed changes respect the ability of local governments to make decisions about how they grow, while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, agricultural lands, the agri-food sector, and natural heritage systems.

The proposed changes for the Growth Plan will be available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario and the Ontario Regulatory Registry for public comment for 45 days.

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