Sprawl development is destroying prime farmland and sensitive natural areas at an alarming rate in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. This inefficient growth model drives car dependency, damaging our health and our shared climate. It’s expensive for municipalities to provide infrastructure, such as water pipes, to far-flung subdivisions, leading to extra burdens on taxpayers and diminished funds for needed services like public transit.
Smart (compact) growth is better for the climate, our health and our pocket books. It helps revitalize main streets and makes investments in transit feasible. And, it helps protect farmland, forests and natural areas. Smart growth creates mixed-use, walkable, environmentally-friendly communities, with a greater range of housing choices and affordability options.
Now with Ontario’s new Growth Plan done, the real work begins to implement the plans. It’s a huge opportunity to shift growth in the province, and encourage municipalities and the development industry to build more sustainable resilient communities of the future.
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