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Province announces modifications to Growth Plan for the GGH

Posted January 15, 2019

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 Sub-area.

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:

Employment Planning
A modernized employment area designation system that ensures lands used for employment are appropriately protected while unlocking land for residential development.

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 and housing.

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 sooner.

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by Tony Veltri