Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

An Open House is scheduled in St. Catharines on Tuesday, June 14 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street for the public to provide comments on the proposed changes to the four land use plans. The full list of Open Houses can be found at

A co-ordinated review of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan began in February 2015 by an Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie. The panel completed its work and provided its recommendations in December 2015: Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 [PDF 25MB].  The Government of Ontario has reviewed and considered all feedback received from stakeholders, the public, Indigenous communities and the Advisory Panel’s recommendations. The government is now proposing changes to the four plans. In addition to seeking feedback on these proposed changes, the province is also undertaking the following actions in response to the Advisory Panel recommendations and what was heard in the consultations of spring 2015:

  • Considering possible expansion of the Greenbelt outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area where important water resources are under pressure from urban growth
  • Obtaining detailed technical information from municipalities, conservation authorities and landowners in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to determine if further refinements to the Greenbelt are required. This will also help us determine impacts on specific properties.
  • Supporting implementation through guidance documents and the mapping of natural heritage and agricultural systems outside the Greenbelt.

Proposed changes to the plans