Proposed methodology for land needs assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

ERO number
013-2016
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Notice stage
Decision Updated
Decision posted
Comment period
December 19, 2017 - February 28, 2018 (71 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

This notice was initially posted on the old Environmental Registry (ebr.gov.on.ca). If you already submitted a comment there, we will consider it as part of this consultation. You don't need to submit it again here.

May 4, 2018

This consultation was open from:
December 19, 2017
to February 28, 2018

Decision summary

Municipalities subject to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe are required to use a standard approach to calculate the amount of land needed to accommodate population and employment growth.

Decision details

On July 1, 2017, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 (the Growth Plan) came into effect. To implement the Growth Plan, upper- and single-tier municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe are required to calculate the amount of land they will need for development until the Growth Plan horizon (currently 2041) using a standard methodology for assessing land needs issued by the Minister. This methodology will help ensure municipalities are using land efficiently and in accordance with Growth Plan policy requirements and targets.

On December 19, 2017, the Minister issued the Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment in the Greater Golden Horseshoe for consultation. Public consultation took place for 71 days, from December 19, 2017 to February 28, 2018 (Registry number 013-2016). The Province also held technical briefings and meetings with stakeholders during the consultation period. After considering submissions and comments received, the Minister is now formally issuing this final methodology in accordance with Growth Plan policy 5.2.2.1 c).

The final methodology will be used by municipalities to determine the amount of land needed to accommodate future growth. It informs decisions about whether to expand the boundary of urban areas (settlement area boundary expansion), or whether sufficient or surplus land has already been identified. The methodology also informs decisions about whether lands in employment areas can be converted to non-employment uses.

The results of the land needs assessment will then be used to inform the work of municipalities in applying the policies of the Growth Plan to update their official plans. This official plan update is known as the municipal comprehensive review process.

Comments received

Through the registry

8

By email

0

By mail

36
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Effects of consultation

The purpose of the Environmental Registry posting and technical briefings and meetings with stakeholders was to present information on the proposed methodology for land needs assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as provide opportunity for participants to offer feedback.

Feedback was generally supportive of the need for a standard approach to land needs assessment. Much of the feedback was technical in nature and requested further clarity on various aspects of the methodology, including:

  • The need for further guidance on the municipal comprehensive review process, the application of Growth Plan targets, as well as the housing and employment strategies required by the Growth Plan.
  • Concern about including lands within undelineated built-up areas as part of the designated greenfield area.
  • Some concern about a policy-led approach based on the intensification and density targets and resulting implications for the mix of housing being planned.
  • The need for clarity on how employment area land need is determined through setting a density target for employment areas.
  • Emphasis on ensuring meaningful public consultation, and having transparency in the preparation, documentation and decision-making process on the land needs assessment following its completion.

Minor revisions have been made to the methodology to clarify these issues in response to feedback.

In addition to these changes, the Province has modified the Growth Plan transition regulation (Ontario Regulation 311/06) to specify that planning matters relating to some settlement areas in the inner ring (as specified in the regulation) would be exempt from the Growth Plan density target for designated greenfield areas, which would mean that they would not need to be treated as designated greenfield areas for the purposes of land needs assessment (Registry number 013-2488). The Province has also released draft guidance on the municipal comprehensive review process and the application of the intensification and density targets on Ontario’s Environmental Registry (Registry number 013-2259).

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Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Address

777 Bay Street
c/o Business Management Division, 17th floor
Toronto, ON
M5G 2E5
Canada

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Toronto , ON
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Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
013-2016
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Proposal posted

Comment period

December 19, 2017 - February 28, 2018 (71 days)

Proposal details

Description of policy

To implement the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 (the Growth Plan), upper- and single-tier municipalities subject to the Growth Plan are required to use a standard provincially-developed process, known as a land needs assessment, to calculate the amount of land they will need for development until 2041. This process will help ensure municipalities are using land efficiently and in accordance with provincial forecasts and targets.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is now seeking feedback on a draft approach. Once submissions and comments are received and considered, the province will establish a final land needs assessment methodology.

The final methodology will be used by municipalities to determine the amount of land needed to accommodate future growth. It will inform decisions about whether to expand the boundary of urban areas (settlement area boundary expansion), or whether sufficient or excess land has already been identified.

The results of that land needs assessment will then be used to inform the work of municipalities in applying the policies of the Growth Plan to update their own official plans. This is known as the municipal comprehensive review process.

Purpose of policy

The purpose of this Policy Proposal Notice is to inform the public of Ontario that the Province is:

  1. Proposing a consistent methodology for upper- and single-tier municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to use in assessing their future land needs.
  2. Seeking comments on the proposed methodology.

Other information

More information about the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Questions about the land needs assessment methodology consultation process, collection of information and access to the consultation document may be directed to: placestogrow@ontario.ca.

Other public consultation opportunities

Feedback can be provided in any of these ways:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
1 Dundas Street West, 25th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3

The consultation closes on February 28, 2018.

Notice regarding collection of information

Any collection of personal information will be in accordance with subsection 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will be collected under the authority of the Places to Grow Act, 2005 for the purpose of obtaining input on the Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

If you have questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of this information please contact:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Senior Information and Privacy Advisor
777 Bay Street, 17th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2E5
416-585-7094

Organizations and businesses:
Comments or submissions made on behalf of an organization or business may be shared or disclosed. By submitted comments you are deemed to consent to the sharing of information contained in the comments and your business contact information. Business contact information is the name, title and contact information of anyone submitting comments in a business, professional or official capacity.

Individuals:
Personal contact information will only be used to contact you and will not be shared. Please be aware that any comments provided may be shared or disclosed once personal information is removed. Personal information includes your name, home address and personal e-mail address.

Supporting materials

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Partnerships and Consultation Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Address

777 Bay Street
c/o Business Management Division, 17th floor
Toronto , ON
M5G 1Z3
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from December 19, 2017
to February 28, 2018

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Contact

Aidan Grove-White

Phone number
Office
Partnerships and Consultation Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Address

777 Bay Street
c/o Business Management Division, 17th floor
Toronto , ON
M5G 1Z3
Canada

Office phone number