"Members of the association have fought hard to protect the natural beauty and greenspaces found in the Winona area, including going to the OMB at their own expense to fight a secondary plan that continues to threaten the greenspaces and the unique micro climate in this area. " said Hamiltonian Publisher and President of the Fruitland Winona Stoney Creek Community Association for Safe and Healthy Neighbourhoods. "We will continue to be watchful and responsible stewards."
DiFalco adds "We must find a healthy balance between development and protecting our natural resources. We have always said that we are in favour of development that respects our people, our environment and that does not severe our natural resources or our unique capacity for tender fruit farming and does not expropriate people from their homes . Unfortunately, the city's secondary plan does not appear to be as vigilant."
The following is our Q/A with Minister McMeekin:
Can you advise as to the status of the E.D. Smith lands relative to the Greenbelt? Will these lands continue to be protected under Greenbelt legislation?
The E.D. Smith lands that were requested to be removed from the Greenbelt are not included as part of the proposed amendments announced last week. At this time there are no plans to remove these protected lands from the current Greenbelt boundaries.
We have started public consultations to receive feedback on the proposed amendments. We will be having a series of open houses in communities across plan areas, and those interested in learning more about the proposed amendments can visit one of those.
All the materials that will be available at the open houses, including the draft changes to the plans are posted on the co-ordinated review website along with a guide summarizing the key changes www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview.
Anyone can submit feedback on the proposed changes through the form online or through the mail. The proposed changes are also posted on the Environmental Registry and the Regulatory Registry. The deadline for comments is September 30, 2016.
Eleven open houses will take place over the next several weeks in communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. A session is being held in Hamilton on Tuesday, June 21 from 5-8pm at the Hamilton Convention Centre. For an up-to-date list of locations and venues, please visit the ministry website (www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview).