Barrie, ON – Tomorrow the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, Barrie Councillor Alex Nuttall and Environmental Defence are co-hosting the first of three Smarten Up Growth town hall meetings taking place across the Greater Golden Horseshoe this month.
The meetings coincide with the Ontario government’s consultation on development charges and land-use planning decision making. The consultation will shape the future of the Ontario Municipal Board and how development is paid for in the province. It could lead to changes that encourage the creation of more sustainable communities while preventing more urban sprawl. Urban sprawl destroys farmland and damages quality of life, our environment, our economy and our health.
The Simcoe County area and the cities of Barrie and Orillia are among the fastest growing parts of Ontario. They are at high-risk of more urban sprawl and losing productive farmland and natural areas. The area is not protected by the Greenbelt, and controls in the Places to Grow Act have not been applied as diligently as they should have been. Let’s work together to find ways of growing Simcoe that doesn’t destroy what attracts so many people here in the first place.
The Barrie town hall will discuss the high costs of sprawl and how existing residents often need to foot the bill for bad planning decisions. It will encourage residents to have their say about how to curb sprawl and support smart growth. The next meetings will take place in Waterloo and Durham Region later this month.
WHAT: Panel discussion about smart growth in Ontario, and the issues facing Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia
WHO:   
Alex Nuttall, (Ward 10) Councillor for Barrie
Sandy Buxton, Strategy Chair for the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association
Aidan Grove-White, Planning Advisor for Environmental Defence
Also attending: Federal MP Patrick Brown
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Monte Carlo Inn – Barrie Suites, Huron Room, 81 Hart Drive, Barrie
(Directions: Just off the 400, South of Dunlop Street West, Click here for a map.
For more on the impacts of sprawl, read The High Costs of Sprawl: How Building More Sustainable Communities Will Save Us Time and Money
About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 258; 416-570-2878 (cell) ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca