Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

ERO number
013-4504
Notice type
Policy
Act
Places to Grow Act, 2005
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
January 15, 2019 - February 28, 2019 (44 days) Open

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
February 28, 2019

Proposal summary

We are seeking feedback on a Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 to address policies seen as potential barriers to the development of housing, job creation and business attraction. This proposal is linked to three others.

Proposal details

Description of policy

This proposal is for Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. It is recommended that Proposed Amendment 1 be read in conjunction with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017, as it sets out proposed modifications and makes reference to definitions and policies included in the Growth Plan. To assist in reading these documents together, the Ministry has prepared the Draft Amended Growth Plan which is meant to show how the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 would read if Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 is approved.

This proposal works with the following other proposals that are also currently listed on the Environmental Registry of Ontario and Ontario’s Regulatory Registry:

  1. Proposed Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017
  2. Proposed Modifications to O. Reg. 525/97 (Exemption from Approval – Official Plan Amendments) made under the Planning Act to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017
  3. Proposed Framework for Provincially Significant Employment Zones

The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 (“the Plan”) provides a long-term framework for growth. It aims to:

  • Increase and promote economic growth; reduce congestion and provide residents easy access to businesses and services;
  • Build communities that maximize infrastructure investments, while balancing local needs for the agricultural industry and natural areas.

The proposed changes address implementation challenges with the Plan that were identified by the municipal and development sectors and other stakeholders. These changes are intended to provide greater flexibility and address barriers to building homes, creating jobs, attracting investments and putting in place the right infrastructure while protecting the environment.

The proposed changes respect the ability of local governments to make decisions about how they grow. The Province will maintain protections for the Greenbelt, agricultural lands, the agri-food sector, and natural heritage systems.

These changes would apply across six broad categories:

Employment Planning

  • A modernized employment area designation system that ensures lands used for employment are appropriately protected while unlocking land for residential development

Settlement Area Boundary Expansions

  • A system that enables local municipal decisions on reasonable changes to settlement area boundaries in a timely manner so as to unlock land faster for residential and commercial development and support more jobs and housing

Small Rural Settlements

  • Small Rural Settlement: A system that recognizes small rural settlements as areas that are not expected to face significant growth pressures

Natural Heritage and Agricultural Systems

  • Greater Golden Horseshoe regional mapping systems that are factual and reflect the local mapping realities, while providing for the appropriate level of protections for our natural resources and continuing to build the economic viability of our agri-food industry

Intensification and Density Targets

  • A simplified approach to minimum intensification and density targets that reflects the objective of supporting provincial transit investments, planned growth rates and local realities, including market demand for housing

Major Transit Station Areas

  • A streamlined approach that enables the determination of major transit station areas to happen faster so that zoning and development can occur sooner

The proposed changes are intended to quickly address identified implementation challenges with the Plan and to not unfairly disrupt housing and other developments currently underway.

This proposal reflects input the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing received from key stakeholders at a stakeholder forum and ten implementation working groups held in the fall of 2018.

The proposed policy changes would not impact protections in the Greenbelt Area including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment.

Purpose of policy

The overall goal of the proposed changes is to streamline growth management planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to achieve the following outcomes:

More Streamlined Process

  • Provide greater flexibility so that municipalities will be able to move forward faster on the implementation of the Plan and meet the deadline to update their official plan to conform with the Plan by July 1, 2022.

More Land for Housing

  • Respect the ability of local governments to make decisions about when and where to add new land for housing, to ensure that there is enough housing supply to meet demand.

More Housing and Jobs Near Transit

  • A more flexible framework for focusing investments around transit infrastructure will enable municipalities to plan to increase the supply of housing and jobs near transit faster and more effectively.

Greater Local Autonomy and Flexibility for Municipalities

  • Ensuring that municipalities will have the ability to implement the Plan in a manner that better reflects their local context while protecting the Greenbelt.

Other information

Questions about the proposed changes to the regulation, including the consultation process, collection of information and access to the consultation documents may be directed to: growthplanning@ontario.ca.

Feedback can be provided by

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay Street
23rd Floor, Suite 2304 Toronto
ON M5G 2E5

The consultation closes on February 28, 2019.

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 Amendment to 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 and Housing
Senior Information and Privacy Advisor
777 Bay Street, 17th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2E5
416-585-7094

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Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
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777 Bay Street
c/o Business Management Division, 17th floor
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