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Thursday, September 3, 2015

On Greenbelt Lands

In a recent C.A.T.C.H. release, (see it by clicking here), reference is made to public consultation sessions to be hosted by the City of Hamilton, that will be used to inform which lands (if any) will be considered for removal or addition to the Greenbelt. The intent of the Greenbelt, which was put in place by the province, is to protect and preserve agricultural or natural areas.

The Hamiltonian asked Steve Robichaud, Director of Planning and Chief Planner Planning Division, Planning and Economic Development Department, the following questions related to this effort. Mr. Robichaud's responses follow the questions below:

1. What criteria will be used to help determine potential additions or removal from the Greenbelt? 

The criteria has not been finalized. A workshop was held in July, 2015 with stakeholders representing the agricultural, environmental and economic sectors to provide feedback on a broad list of draft criteria.

Based on the feedback, ideas and suggestions received at the workshop, staff further revised the draft criteria that will be part of further public consultation before being utilized to assess which lands (if any) the City of Hamilton will be recommending to the Province for consideration to add to the Greenbelt Plan area or to remove from the Greenbelt Plan area. The final determination on adding/removing lands is with the Province of Ontario.


2. In a C.A.T.C.H. release, you were quoted as follows: 

Then we will follow up with consultation with the general public and/or landowners as we apply those criteria,” stated Robichaud about the identification of “areas that should be removed from the Greenbelt Plan in order to accommodate the projected growth.” 

Can you specify how you have determined what the future growth will be, relative to the scope of lands that fall within Hamilton’s boundaries. Can you provide numbers related to that projected growth and the source of those numbers


The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe identifies population and employment forecasts, targets and policies for managing growth and development in the GGH to the year 2041. The City of Hamilton uses the Growth Plan to inform growth management decision–making in Hamilton. The Growth Plan forecasts Hamilton’s population to be 780,000 people by 2041 and employment forecast to be 350,000 jobs. For more information on the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, please visit: http://www.placestogrow.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9&Itemid=14

The Hamiltonian thanks Mr. Robichaud for his reply.

1 comment:

  1. "The criteria has not been finalized. A workshop was held in July, 2015 with stakeholders representing the agricultural, environmental and economic sectors to provide feedback on a broad list of draft criteria. "

    I wonder if anyone representing the general public was given special status as a stakeholder. Does anyone know.,The general public is the most important stakeholder.

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