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Say no to the sprawl free-for-all!

The provincial government has released a shocking plan to gut what remains of Ontario’s planning rules, watering down the Provincial Policy Statement, and killing the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe altogether. Ontarians must speak out now, and demand the government back down on its plan, because it would unleash virtually unrestrained sprawl throughout rural Ontario putting forests, farms and wetlands at risk.

Of major concern are:

  • Further erosion of provincial planning rules, which will create a free-for-all for land speculators and total bedlam for municipalities trying to protect farmland, forests and freshwater, plan infrastructure and build public transit.
  • The removal of key requirements to build within existing cities before sprawling onto forests and farmland.
  • Changes that would allow operating farms to be chopped up into thirds and sold off as for luxury estates.
  • New “enhanced” Minister’s Zoning Orders will allow all previously required protections for forests, wetlands and rivers to be overruled.
  • Forced boundary expansions in Waterloo, Peterborough, Barrie, Guelph, Belleville and Wellington which were released on the heels of Bill 97

    These changes will create less affordable housing – not more – as developers fight for scarce workers, infrastructure and planning staff in a race to build million-dollar McMansions on wetlands and farmland – far from existing transit and infrastructure.
     

    Tell Your MPP to oppose to the changes to provincial planning rules.


    Your letter will be sent to your MPP and Steve Clark, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 

     




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