Places To Grow (Better Choices, Better Future.)

Places to Grow is the Ontario government's program to plan for growth and development in a way that supports economic prosperity, protects the environment and helps communities achieve a high quality of life across the province.  Through Places to Grow, we develop regional growth plans that guide government investments and policies.

Recent Updates 

December 7, 2015

Co-ordinated Review Advisory Panel and Town Hall Meeting Summary Reports

On February 27, 2014, the co-ordinated review process of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan was initiated.

An Advisory Panel was appointed to develop and propose recommendations on how to amend and improve the plans. Chair David Crombie, along with five other members, attended public meetings, reviewed the plans and relied upon their knowledge of the region and issues at stake to provide input and recommendations.

After months of deliberation and hard work, the Advisory Panel has completed its work and submitted the report: Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041. The report’s Executive Summary is also available.

The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review Summary Report on Town Hall Meetings is also available for download. It summarizes the main themes that emerged during the 17 town hall consultation meetings.

The Government of Ontario will take the Advisory Panel report into consideration along with all of the comments submitted for the co-ordinated review in drafting proposed changes . There will be an opportunity for additional public input expected to begin in the winter of 2016.

Thank you to the Advisory Panel and to everyone who participated in the consultation process. Learn more.

July 13, 2015

Places to Grow Implementation Fund

The Places to Grow Implementation Fund supports projects that promote and help achieve the policies or goals of the Province’s growth plans -- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011.  The fund awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support a limited number of innovative projects.

In 2015-16, priority will be given to research initiatives and projects that build awareness and understanding of growth planning in Ontario with a focus on enhancing implementation of growth planning policies, for example, building complete and resilient communities, integrating cost-effective infrastructure, and curbing urban sprawl. Learn more.

July 6, 2015

New Technical Backgrounder on Implementing Population and Employment Forecasts

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released a technical backgrounder on implementing Amendment 2 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006. Amendment 2, which came into effect on June 17, 2013 updates the population and employment forecasts and extends the horizon of the Growth Plan from 2031 to 2041. The technical backgrounder provides advice to municipalities to assist with their work applying these new forecasts as part of future conformity updates to their Official Planning documents.

The Advisory Panel for the Co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan, chaired by David Crombie, commenced its work earlier this year. The Panel attended 17 public consultation sessions and has received extensive input from stakeholders and the public.  The Panel is currently reviewing this input, and expects to provide a report to the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Natural Resources and Forestry with their advice on improvements to the Plans in early fall, 2015.

Based on the advice from the Panel, the province will release proposed amendments to the Plans in winter 2016 and undertake a consultation process to get public and stakeholder input into the proposed changes before finalizing the plans later in 2016.View the technical backgrounder.

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