Oakville, ON – Last night the Town of Oakville unanimously passed a motion asking Halton Region to formally request that lands along the Fourteen Mile Creek be added to the Greenbelt, under the province’s urban river valley designation.
Adding Fourteen Mile Creek to the Greenbelt would give the lands double protection – both municipally and provincially, as part of the Greenbelt.
“It’s great to see a municipality take leadership in expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt,” said Erin Shapero of Environmental Defence. “Oakville has been a true champion in protecting natural habitats, species and rivers, while balancing growth pressures in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”
This marks the second time Oakville is helping the Greenbelt grow. Last year, the Greenbelt’s first expansion was in Oakville’s Glenorchy Conservation Area.
“The Town of Oakville is committed to providing the highest and best protection possible for our natural heritage and sensitive environmental lands,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Including Fourteen Mile Creek as part the greater Greenbelt means it is strongly protected for generations to come, adding to the quality of life for all Oakville residents.”
The province announced the urban river valley designation just last year. “Oakville sees the benefits and opportunities of further protecting urban river valley systems,” said Councillor Allan Elgar, who put forward the motion. “Since 2008 we have been actively seeking opportunities to add lands to the Greenbelt. This is just the beginning for Oakville when it comes to protecting more lands within our municipality.”
Last night’s motion, which was moved by Councillor Elgar and passed by all members of council, will go to Halton Regional Council for approval later this month – just in time for the Greenbelt’s ninth birthday on February 28th. The province will then process the application.
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