Environmental Protection & Preservation
Greenbelt Wins "Environmental Planning" National Award
The Ontario government has won a prestigious
national planning award for its Greenbelt Plan, Municipal Affairs and Housing
Minister John Gerretsen announced today.
The Canadian Institute of Planners selected the Greenbelt Plan, which
permanently protects 1.8 million acres of agricultural and environmentally
sensitive land around the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as the recipient of its
2007 Award for Planning Excellence in the category of Environmental Planning.
"The Greenbelt Plan is an innovative planning achievement of provincial
and national significance that protects some of our most precious
environmental resources," said Gerretsen. "This award is a strong endorsement
of the McGuinty government's comprehensive approach to planning strategically
for growth while protecting the quality of our air, water and land for future
The award will be presented on June 5, 2007 during the Canadian Institute
of Planners' annual conference in Quebec City.
"The winning project is certainly deserving of recognition by the
Canadian Institute of Planners," said Gary Willson, Chair of the Planning
Excellence Jury. "It highlights the significant care that Canadians have for
their natural and built environments and the unique, increasingly
sophisticated ways in which they want to express this."
The Government of Ontario also received a second award from the Canadian
Institute of Planners, this one in the re-urbanization category, for its
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
In October 2006, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario announced that
he plans to present a special award to the Government of Ontario and the
Niagara Escarpment Commission recognizing their accomplishments in
establishing Ontario's Greenbelt.
The Greenbelt is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to
environmental protection. It is also a key component of the province's reform
of the planning system, which includes changes to the Provincial Policy
Statement and the creation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
Horseshoe. Most recently, reforms to the Planning Act that came into force on
January 1, 2007, complement the Greenbelt by providing additional municipal
tools that encourage sustainable development.
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