The Ontario government is bowing to the pressure of sprawl developers again. Premier Doug Ford is proposing opening up sensitive farmland, forests and watersheds to sprawl development by changing the Growth Plan. This is the policy that directs where towns and cities can and cannot build.
The government claims the changes to the Growth Plan will help build more housing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. But the changes will actually allow factories and sprawling subdivisions to be built on farmland and sensitive natural areas. This will not reduce the price of housing or give us the new housing types we need. Instead, sprawl will threaten our local food supply, create gridlock, and increase our property taxes.
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