Farmland and Forests Under Threat

Proposed changes to the rules of where developers can build will allow more sprawl, eat up more farmland, threaten our rivers, wetlands and forests.

The Issue

Ontario Bill 108 – More Homes, More Choice – along with changes to the province’s Growth Plan, make it easier for sprawl developers to pave over farmland, forests and wetlands. Changes to Conservation Authorities means more development near important natural areas, increasing the risk of flooding. Allowing development to bump up against the protected Greenbelt threatens its future due to pressure for more sprawl.

 

The Solution

Ontario needs to build up, not out.This doesn’t mean massive highrises. It can be low and mid rise buildings, townhomes and small homes, close to schools, shops and public transit, instead of monster sprawl homes in car-dependent suburbs on former farms. Building up will help preserve natural areas. We also need to build more affordable housing to make sure every Ontarian has a place to live.

 

Resources

For more information about the risks from devleopment to Ontario’s farmland and forests, see the links below and visit our resources page.

ERO – Planning Act

Link to Housing Plan

Globe and Mail article on Housing Plan