Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Greenbelt expansion consultations begin

The province has announced consultations are open on its proposal to expand the greenbelt by 345,000 hectares in seven areas.

It follows release of a report in May last year that recommended expansions in 21 river valleys in four areas around Hamilton and the Niagara Region.

The province’s proposal adds areas around Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.

Waterloo Region Chairman Ken Seiling said the proposals are actually less protective of farmland and water resources than some existing policies in his region.

However, a veteran activist on the issue says including the Waterloo Region is a step forward.

The report issued in May made 87 recommendations, including allowing higher urban densities – an increase from the current level of 50 to 80 jobs per hectare.

The existing greenbelt is about 800,00 hectares around Toronto, Hamilton and into the Niagara Region.