Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016), (part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review)
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001
Summary of Decision:
The Province, under the lead of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, began a co-ordinated review in February 2015 of the following four provincial land use plans:
-Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
-Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
-Niagara Escarpment Plan
May 10, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
The Government of Ontario is seeking input on the proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016).
The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP) was approved as a Minister's regulation (O. Reg.140/02) on April 22, 2002 under the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001. The Act requires the ORMCP to be reviewed at the same time as the review of the Greenbelt Plan under the Greenbelt Act, 2005.
The ORMCP is one of four provincial land use plans that work together to shape growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl and protect the natural environment in Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe region:
-Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006
-Greenbelt Plan (2005)
-Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2002)
-Niagara Escarpment Plan (2005).
A co-ordinated review of these four land use plans was initiated in 2015. The Government of Ontario received extensive feedback. An Advisory Panel, chaired by David Crombie, also provided its recommendations in December 2015 in their report, Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 - 2041.
Through the co-ordinated review, the Province received feedback on the following six themes set out in the discussion document Our Region, Our Community, Our Home:
-Building communities that attract workers and create jobs Protecting agricultural land, water, and natural areas
-Keeping people and goods moving and building cost-effective infrastructure
-Fostering healthy, liveable, and inclusive communities
-Addressing climate change and building resilient communities
-Improving implementation and better aligning the plans.
The input and recommendations received from the public, municipalities, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and the Advisory Panel helped shape the proposed changes to the four plans. EBR notice #012-3256 regarding the 2015 consultation provides an overview of the issues raised.
The Province is now seeking input on proposed amendments to these four plans in accordance with each plan's respective legislation. Proposed changes to the ORMCP would be made by an amendment to the existing Plan regulation O. Reg.140/02.
July 1, 2017