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, damages our health and our shared climate. It’s expensive for municipalities to provide infrastructure, such as water pipes, to far-flung subdivisions. This puts extra burdens on taxpayers and diminishes funds for 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 public 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. Thanks to a revised Growth Plan and Greenbelt Plan we should see more growth in existing cities and less sprawl.
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