Urban sprawl: stop it

Urban sprawl is something we should all be concerned about.

That’s the underlying message of the Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 Panel lead by Mr. David Crombie.  While we do not support government by panels or consultants, (taxpayers pay the civil service to do objective research and present it to elected officials) this report should give us hope that land use in Ontario will improve.

It comes at a good time.  The latest Brantford-Brant boundary adjustment proposal is a hot topic.  This report should cool it down because the report recommends:

  • municipalities make better use of existing land instead of chewing up farmland to gain more land (Where have you read that before?)
  • limit the loss and break up of farmland, particularly in the outer-ring municipalities beyond the Greenbelt
  • infrastructure planning and land use planning go together
  • speculative investments that fuel urban sprawl, particularly in Simcoe and Brant Counties are not acceptable
  • apply the report’s findings to existing land designation and boundary plans

Are you concerned about urban sprawl now?

 

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