New Regional Growth Management, Employment Areas and Greenbelt Policies
BRAMPTON, ON. (May 11, 2010) – Region of Peel Council adopted new Regional Official Plan policies for growth management, employment areas and the Greenbelt on April 22, 2010. The new polices are part of the Regional Official Amendment (ROPA) 24. This amendment brings the Regional Official Plan into conformity with the provincial policies including the Growth Plan, the Greenbelt Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement.
“The growth targets under ROPA 24 were developed in collaboration with the area municipalities of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, as well as stakeholders and the general public,” said Arvin Prasad, Director of Planning Policy and Research. “I feel that we have an amendment that best balances and reflects the many interests expressed by everyone, including the more than 500 comments received through workshops and formal submissions. This, along with the entire public consultation process for the Region of Peel’s Official Plan Review has been the most extensive consultation process in my career.”
The new policies will contribute to the creation of more complete communities that are safe, economically viable, pedestrian and transit friendly; provide employment opportunities within or in close proximity, and the protection of natural heritage features. The new policies also protect lands for future employment uses and strategic infrastructure. Highlights of this amendment include:
- forecasted population of 1,641,000 and 870,000 jobs by 2031,
- increased emphasis on residential intensification of 40 per cent from 2015 to 2025, and 50 per cent from 2026 to 2031,
- growth management policies including intensification and greenfield density policies,
- efficient use of existing and planned infrastructure,
- protection of natural resources,
- policies to protect employment areas for employment uses,
- planning for strategic infrastructure, and
- policy direction to protect the greenbelt in Peel.
ROPA 24 will now be submitted to the Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.