This notice was originally published on March 21, 2018 for a 47-day comment period ending May 7, 2018. The notice was republished on April 19, 2018 to extend the deadline to submit comments to June 19, 2018.
April 20, 2018
This consultation was open from:
March 21, 2018
to June 19, 2018
We are seeking feedback on two draft technical guidance documents that will help municipalities carry out a municipal comprehensive review, and meet the Growth Plan’s intensification and density targets. The guidance will help municipalities achieve complete communities, compact urban form, and efficient use of infrastructure.
Description of policy
Draft Technical Guidance on the Application of the Intensification and Density Targets
The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 (the “Growth Plan”) sets minimum standards for density and intensification in municipalities. Density is a measure of people and jobs per hectare, or simply jobs per hectare, depending on the type of target. Intensification is a measure of the percentage of residential development added each year to specified parts of existing urbanized areas.
Municipalities are required to plan for five types of targets, where applicable. The targets are key to making more efficient use of land and infrastructure, and help inform infrastructure planning.
The five types of targets are:
- Designated Greenfield Area density;
- Employment Area density;
- Urban Growth Centre density;
- Major Transit Station Area density
Growth Plan targets are meant to slow the outward expansion of settlement areas (areas designated for development). The targets also protect important resources such as farmland, water systems, wetlands and woodlands. Planning for intensification and density targets will have significant impacts on addressing climate change and achieving provincial emission reduction goals.
Draft Technical Guidance on the Municipal Comprehensive Review Process
The municipal comprehensive review ("MCR") is a process that upper- and single-tier municipalities use to ensure their official plans conform with the policies in the Growth Plan. An MCR results in a new official plan or official plan amendment that comprehensively applies all the policies of the plan, and which is then submitted to the province for approval.
During the MCR process, municipalities will carry out background research, public consultation, and policy formulation with input from the province at critical milestones. They are then required to submit an official plan or official plan amendment to the province.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is now seeking feedback on the two draft technical guidance documents.
Purpose of policy
The Province is seeking feedback on two draft technical guidance documents that help municipalities (1) plan for Growth Plan targets; and (2) bring their official plans into conformity with the Growth Plan.
Questions about the Draft Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017: Application of the Intensification and Density Targets & The Municipal Comprehensive Review Process, including the consultation process, collection of information and access to the consultation documents may be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other public consultation opportunities
Feedback can be provided by
- email at email@example.com
- Environmental Registry online form
- mail to:
Ontario Growth Secretariat
c/o Business Management Division
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
College Park 17th Floor
777 Bay St.
Toronto ON M5G 2E5
The consultation closes on June 19, 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 Draft Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017.
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
Organizations and businesses
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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.
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