Province announces modifications to Growth Plan for the GGH
The provincial government opened a 45 day commenting period this
morning for its proposed amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater
Golden Horseshoe, 2017 which includes New Tecumseth in the Simcoe
According to the press release, the changes are intended to "make it
faster and easier to build housing for the growing number of people who
will live and work in the region in the next 20 years. The changes
would allow municipalities and developers to work together to build
communities that address local needs and regional priorities."
The Simcoe Sub-area outlines a separate set of policies for Simcoe
County, and the cities of Barrie and Orillia. New Tecumseth is one of
the designated growth areas, with Alliston identified as the primary
focus. However, the proposed amendments did not increase the population
allocations meaning New Tecumseth can grow to 56,000 and an employment
base for 26,500. Overall, Simcoe County is pegged to grow to 667,000,
of which 210,000 is in Barrie.
The six key areas targetted for amendments include:
A modernized employment area designation system that ensures lands used
for employment are appropriately protected while unlocking land for
Settlement Area Boundary Expansions
A system that enables local municipal decisions on reasonable changes
to settlement area boundaries in a timely manner so as to unlock land
faster for residential and commercial development and support more jobs
Small Rural Settlements
A system that recognizes small rural settlements as areas that are not
expected to face significant growth pressures.
Natural Heritage and Agricultural Systems
Greater Golden Horseshoe regional mapping systems that are factual and
reflect the local mapping realities, while providing for the
appropriate level of protections for our natural resources and
continuing to build the economic viability of our agri-food industry.
Intensification and Density Targets
A simplified approach to minimum intensification and density targets
that reflects the objective of supporting provincial transit
investments, planned growth rates and local realities, including market
demand for housing.
Major Transit Station Areas
A streamlined approach that enables the determination of major transit
station areas to happen faster so that zoning and development can occur