in Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate, West Grey
November 16, 2022
Photo: Ontario Farmland Trust
LETTER TO THE EDITOR — It has been established by the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Report (2022) that we do not need to sacrifice farmland and natural areas to address the housing crisis: ‘a shortage of land isn’t the cause of the problem. Land is available, both inside the existing built-up areas and on undeveloped land outside greenbelts.’
Sweeping amendments proposed in Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022
In addition, proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statements will
A recent CBC Toronto analysis of property, corporate records reveals the names of the developers who own the Greenbelt lands proposed for removal. The development industry is apparently in and ready to go.
The Province’s new definitions of what is considered affordable (up to 80 per cent of the average market value or purchase price)doesn’t take into account people’s income levels.
According to the Housing Affordability Task Force:‘Too much land inside cities is tied up by outdated rules.’ ‘If we want to make better use of land to create more housing, then we need to modernize our zoning rules.’ ‘Greenbelts and other environmentally sensitive areas must be protected, and farms provide food and food security.’
What we need in Ontario is enlightened environmental planning and decision making that takes all factors into account. If Bill 23 and these policy changes go through uncontested, we could be left with an uncoordinated patchwork of housing developments that have failed to solve the housing crisis and the damage to our eco-systems will be irreparable and disastrous in the face of the twin crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Danuta Valleau and Michael McLuhan,
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