Greenbelt legislation amended to extend development moratorium
TORONTO, ONT-An amendment to Ontario's Greenbelt Protection Act, 2004, passed in December, extends the moratorium on urban development in the Greenbelt Study Area from the original end date of December 16, 2004 to March 9, 2005. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen said the extension responds to requests from the public and stakeholders for more time to refine the government's proposed Greenbelt Act and draft Greenbelt Plan. "The government is extremely proud of the work we've done on greenbelt protection, and the public has shown overwhelming support for this initiative," he said, adding "We're committed to a permanently protected greenbelt in the Golden Horseshoe." The Greenbelt Protection Act, 2004 established a Greenbelt Study Area in the Golden Horseshoe. It also imposed a temporary moratorium on new urban development on lands within the study area that are designated rural and agricultural, unless the land had already been approved for development. The legislative amendment extends the moratorium to give the government more time to meet with municipal leaders on the details and further consider the input received from stakeholders and the public.