Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Amendment to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation - Growing the size of the Greenbelt

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 59/05
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Greenbelt Act, 2005
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario's 2020 and 2021 budgets, the government committed to protecting the Greenbelt for future generations by expanding its quantity and quality.

To deliver on this commitment, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is launching a phase 2 consultation to grow the Greenbelt to seek feedback on proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan and Greenbelt Area boundary regulation (O. Reg. 59/05) to add 13 new and expanded Urban River Valley areas.

The maps available for this consultation outline proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan Schedules 1, 2 and 4 and proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation. Proposed maps can be found on Ontario.ca/page/greenbelt-maps.

While this ERO posting relates specifically to the proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation (O. Reg. 59/05), there are two related ERO postings as part of the phase 2 consultation:

-ERO number 019-4485 seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan that could add new 13 new Urban River Valley areas to the Greenbelt.
-ERO number 019-4803 seeking ideas for adding more Urban River Valleys to the Greenbelt.

Description of regulation
O. Reg. 59/05 was made on February 25, 2005 and established the boundary of the Greenbelt Area pursuant to the Greenbelt Act, 2005.

The proposed regulation would add the following areas to the Greenbelt Area as described in O. Reg. 59/05:

13 Urban River Valley areas which provide additional connections through urban settings to expand and integrate the Greenbelt and its systems into the broader southern Ontario landscape, including:
-Addition of Stoney Creek in Hamilton as a new URV
-Adding Battlefield Creek in Hamilton as a new URV
-Expansion of Wilmot Creek in Clarington
-Expansion of Soper Creek and Bowmanville Creek in Clarington
-Expansion of Harmony Creek URV by adding Darlington Provincial Park, partially located in Oshawa and partially located in Clarington
-Expansion of Oshawa Creek URVs in Oshawa
-Extension of Fourteen Mile Creek URV in Oakville
-Provincially identified URV expansions including:
-Expansion of Don River URV in Toronto by adding
-Burke Brooke
-Wilket Creek
-Taylor-Massey Creek
-Expansion of Humber River URV in Toronto by adding:
-Humber Creek
-Black Creek

The proposed regulation would be an amendment to O. Reg. 59/05. The final decision on the proposal would be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The proposed regulation is about growing the size and quality of the Greenbelt, and the government will not consider the removal of any lands from the Greenbelt Area as described in O. Reg. 59/05.

Purpose of regulation
The purpose of the proposed regulation is to:

-expand the Greenbelt Area to enable the policy coverage of the Greenbelt Plan to be extended to these 13 new Urban River Valley areas to grow the size and quality of the Greenbelt.
Other related information
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also consulting on a proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Plan under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 to add the 13 URV areas to the Greenbelt Plan Schedules. For more information, see EBR Registry Number 019-4485.

The Ministry is also seeking feedback on other potential expansions to the Greenbelt for the future. For more information see EBR Registry Number 019-4483.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
N/A
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
22-MMAH005
Posting Date:
March 24, 2022
Comments Due Date:
April 23, 2022