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 

May 4, 2018

Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

The Minister of Municipal Affairs has issued the final Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Upper- and single-tier municipalities will use this methodology to calculate the amount of land needed to accommodate forecasted growth to the horizon of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017.

The methodology was informed by the feedback received during the consultation period. Thank you for providing your input. To learn more, read the full methodology or the Summary.

April 16, 2018

Expanded Greenbelt Council

The Government of Ontario is adding expertise and expanding the Greenbelt Council to advise the Minister of Municipal Affairs on related land use plans, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The success of the Greenbelt Plan is dependent upon the successful implementation of these and other provincial land use planning initiatives.

David Crombie, former Toronto mayor and former federal cabinet minister, will serve as the new chair of the expanded council as it continues to provide advice to the Minister.

The councilís expertise will help to ensure that growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is effectively managed to protect the environment, ensure a thriving agricultural sector, and lead to the development of complete, transit oriented communities.

Learn more about the Greenbelt Council

March 21, 2018

Draft Guidance to support municipal implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe released for consultation

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released two draft technical guidance documents that will help municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe implement the Growth Plan. The documents will assist municipalities in the region to carry out the municipal comprehensive review process, and reach the Growth Planís intensification and density targets. This guidance will help municipalities work towards complete communities where homes, jobs, schools, community services, parks and recreation facilities are easily accessible to their residents; a more compact urban form; and efficient use of infrastructure.

Please visit Ontarioís Environmental Registry (Notice 013-2359) to read the Draft Guidance documents, and to submit any comments and suggestions. Please note that the deadline for providing feedback has been extended to Tuesday June 19, 2018.

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