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 19, 2017

Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment released for consultation

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is seeking your input on the Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment. Upper- and single-tier municipalities will use the methodology, once finalized by the Minister, to calculate how much land is needed to accommodate forecasted growth to the horizon of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment and a Summary are available to read. Please submit any comments and suggestions on the proposed methodology by February 28, 2018.

May 18, 2017

Release of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017

Following two years of extensive consultation, the Government of Ontario has released the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017, this plan will replace the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 that initially took effect on June 16, 2006. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe was reviewed as part of a co-ordinated land use planning review, alongside the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Niagara Escarpment Plan. As a part of this review, a Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016 was released on May 10, 2016 for public input. The updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 was informed by review and consideration of all feedback received from stakeholders, the public and Indigenous communities, as well as recommendations from an Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie.

The plan works to support the achievement of complete communities, curb sprawl, protect the natural environment, support economic development, and ensure that land to accommodate forecasted population and employment growth will be available when needed, now and in the future.

To learn more or to review and download the Growth Plan, please visit Ontario.ca/greatergoldenhorseshoeplans.

November 1, 2016

Co-ordinated Review public input period now closed.

On May 10, 2016, the Government of Ontario released proposed changes to four plans that have been part of a Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The deadline to provide feedback on the proposed changes was October 31, 2016. Thank you for your input. The feedback we received during the review process will inform any final revisions to the plans. We expect to release updated plans in early 2017.

To learn more about the Co-ordinated Review please visit Ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview

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