- Happy 14th Birthday Greenbelt
- POSTPONED! Erin Eco Film Fest at the Erin Legion on Feb 13, 20 & March 20 & April 10, 24
- POSTPONED: Tonight’s Bill 66 – Switching Gears By Tim Gray Of Environmental Defense
- NEWS RELEASE Tim Gray of Environmental Defence: Switching Gears
- Ontario Bill – 66 Schedule 10 DEFEATED !!
The Town of Caledon has published its budget for 2019. They are asking for residents to get involved.
There is an online survey to have your say and let them know what infrastructure areas should be a priority for the Town in the future.
We encourage you to complete this survey.
For Belfountain, BCO would like our community hall to have an accessible entry for individuals with disabilities and portable water.
Please take the time to review the budget and complete the survey.
TO THE RESIDENTS OF BELFOUNTAIN:
Paramedic Chief Peter Dundas, has authorized three public information sessions in Caledon, two in Bolton and one in Mayfield, regarding the new Regional delivery model for Paramedic services. No sessions have been scheduled for West Caledon communities.
Alton, Belfountain, Caledon Village and Inglewood are collectively petitioning Region of Peel Paramedic Chief Peter Dundas to have an information scheduled in Ward 1. The residents of Ward 1 have many questions that need to be answered regarding this new model.
We need your support to make this happen; you can directly email Peter Dundas – firstname.lastname@example.org and cc us please, or you can add your name to the petition, by emailing email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number.
Your input is required, Chief Dundas needs to know this is an important issue for our communities.
The timeline for response is short, please ensure your responses reach us by noon December 24, 2018.
Belfountain Community Organization
Further to our recent email
regarding Bill 66 and what you can do to have your
voice heard, The Toronto Star has published this clear
concise outline of what is happening and what it means
to us. Developing the Greenbelt is a
disaster on multiple levels
BILD (Building Industry and Land
Development) has had a number of articles in The Toronto Star
Real estate section and some local papers that
suggest land restrictions are driving up housing
supply/affordability. It is important that we all
challenge these assertions by the development
What the articles by developers don’t say:
· Developers caused major delays by taking municipal plans to the OMB- something they can’t do anymore thanks to new provincial policy- LPAT
· Housing prices have decreased since the high in 2017 and are expected to moderate (CMHC Housing Market Outlook)
· The 2017 Growth Plan increases density – by making more efficient use of land, (less sprawl) requiring fewer km of pipes, which should help reduce house prices, especially if as they say land is the biggest cost factor.
· Intensification and infill makes housing more affordable and provides alternative forms of housing, laneway, mid-rise, etc.
· Location remains one of the key drivers of real estate prices and rental prices. People want to live close to amenities and many are willing to pay handsomely to live in downtown Toronto or along the waterfront (rental study).
· Population growth hasn’t met forecasts (See Neptis presentation).
· Growth Plan wasn’t updated using 2016 census data – municipalities, particularly in the outer ring may be projecting more growth than they will achieve. This could impact the affordability of growth related infrastructure paid by municipalities (i.e. big pipes, etc- See paper by Kevin Eby)
· Commuting by car is expensive. Commuting costs affect the affordability of a less expensive house on the edge of the GTHA. (CMHC study- Is the Commute Worth It?)
· Building more single family homes on the edge of our cities increases congestion on the highways- congestion cost the GTHA between $ 6 billion per year or $125 per household according to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Better public transit is a key part of the solution.
· If municipalities are permitted to expand their boundaries, it puts increasing pressure on the Greenbelt.
We expect more media articles in the coming weeks. Please send in letters to your local papers to put the record straight whenever you can.
This week the Government of Ontario introduced what they call an
economic development tool, an open for business planning bylaw
(regulation) which would exempt major economic development
projects, major employment uses from planning and environmental
laws. This bill gives municipalities the power to override
existing legislation that the government sees as impeding economic
development that supports jobs through a open for business
planning bylaw. Perhaps most disturbing is the provision that
allows a project to proceed without a public meeting. Once the
municipality has the Minister’s approval they can move ahead.
Communities in the Greenbelt will literally not know a development
is going ahead until the bulldozers start tearing up trees, water
sources, habitat and land.
The existing legislation was put in place by all parties, Conservative, Liberal and NDP over the last 30 plus years. Breaking the promise not to open up the Greenbelt, which Ford had promised to leave intact, shows a disrespect to voters. It also puts the health of farmers and rural landowners at risk. The health of our region depends on valuing our farms, forests, clean water sources and nature.
What Can I Do To Have My Opinion Heard:
Sign the petition stopbill66.ca
Please get on social media and use the hashtag #stopbill66. Some sample messages,
- Premier Ford please call back the legislature to re-introduce Bill 66 with the attack on the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and clean drinking water removed. #stopbill66
- To your friends- Will your municipality be using the province’s Bill 66 to rollback critical environmental legislation for clean drinking water? #stopbill66
- To your Council- XX municipal council please pass a resolution saying you won’t use an open for business bylaw that threatens drinking water, the Greenbelt, and the Oak Ridges Moraine and stops public participation. #stopbill66
- Bill 66 rollbacks critical environmental legislation that protects the health of the people, its not either or, we can have a clean environment and a healthy economy.
If you would like specific instructions how to do this on your computer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Can I Get More Information:
MMAH/Planning Act changes in Bill 66, restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act allows municipalities, with ministerial approval, to pass “Open For Business” bylaws that allow municipalities to bypass various planning statutes, including the Greenbelt Act, . Schedule 10 of the Bill amends the Planning Act, section 34.1 to allow municipalities to pass open for business planning by-laws.
Environmental Defence held a facebook live event yesterday that gives a really good overview of the issue and why it matters.
The Town of Caledon is asking for community input and insight to inform and shape the plans for the preservation of rural community character and infill. These are the details of their sessions.