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

ERO number
013-2359
Notice type
Policy
Act
Places to Grow Act, 2005
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
March 21, 2018 - June 19, 2018 (61 days) Open

Update Announcement

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 closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
June 19, 2018

Proposal summary

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.

Proposal details

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:

  1. Intensification;
  2. Designated Greenfield Area density;
  3. Employment Area density;
  4. Urban Growth Centre density;
  5. 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.

Other information

More information about the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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: placestogrow@ontario.ca.

Other public consultation opportunities

Feedback can be provided by

  • email at placestogrow@ontario.ca
  • 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
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.

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Get in touch with the contact person listed below to find out what materials are available.

You can view them in person at these locations:

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

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Aidan Grove-White

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Partnerships and Consultation Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Address

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

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Aidan Grove-White

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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

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