Growth Plan Review
June 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM
On May 18, 2017, the Province of Ontario released the new Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan. As a result of OSSGA’s submissions and meetings with government, there have been some positive revisions to the draft plans that had been released for consultation in 2016. However, there are also some major changes that are of concern to OSSGA and that will impact the long term growth potential of the industry.
In the big picture, the new Growth Plan introduces a new policy regime for new or expanded mineral aggregate operations within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This represents a major change that will affect producers that own lands outside of the existing provincial plan areas. This will cover the majority of southern Ontario and should affect a considerable number of producers. There are new natural heritage policies in the Growth Plan that will make licensing lands in southern Ontario significantly more difficult.
There are also changes to development in the habitat of endangered species, which is inconsistent between plans, and the inclusion of Agricultural Impact Assessments in some plans. It is possible that in the Growth Plan there will not be the opportunity to obtain an ESA permit, and that all habitat of endangered species will be off limits for aggregate extraction. OSSGA is seeking clarification on how the new ESA rules in the Growth Plan will be interpreted.
Implementation of the plans occurs in short order - The Niagara Escarpment Plan (2017) will come into effect on June 1, 2017. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017), the Greenbelt Plan (2017), the Greenbelt Boundary Regulation and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017) will come into effect on July 1, 2017. Once in effect, all decisions on planning matters must conform or not conflict with the four plans.
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