Ontario Reversing Expansion of Some Urban Boundaries

 

The Ontario government is stopping a plan that would expand urban boundaries in a number of cities and regions.

In a statement, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Paul Calandra, said a review of past ministerial decisions, including zoning orders and official plans, showed they failed to assist with province’s goals of building at 1.5 million homes ‘’in a manner that maintains and reinforces public trust.’’

He says he will be introducing legislation, as soon as he is able, that would reverse the official plan decisions for ‘’Barrie, Belleville, Guelph, Hamilton, Ottawa and the City of Peterborough, the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York, as well as Wellington County,’’

Calandra says the legislation would wind back provincial changes to official plans and official plan amendments, ‘’except in circumstances where construction has begun or where doing so would contravene existing provincial legislation and regulation.’’

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