Waterloo Regional Council recommends revisions to Greenbelt expansion
In December 2017 the Ontario government released the public consultation document “Protecting Water for Future Generations Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring” which identified lands that may be included in an expanded Greenbelt. The lands identified included large areas within Waterloo Region. The Region of Waterloo through its Regional Official Plan (ROP) has a long history of protecting its natural features, ground water resources, prime agricultural areas and managing growth in strong and innovative ways. Regional Council voted to oppose any extension of the Greenbelt into Waterloo Region unless it provides for the Region to maintain existing protections, be stronger than Greenbelt Plan policies particularly with respect to aggregate resources, and ensure the protection of ground water resources specifically as it relates to municipal drinking water supplies.
Further, the Region requested the Province commit to enhanced municipal consultation and the use of best available technical and municipal land use planning information, as well as allowing for current and ongoing municipal initiatives to be completed and respected prior to establishing final mapping associated with the proposed Greenbelt expansion.