Friday, May 20, 2016

On Greenbelt Protection- Fruitland/Winona

Members of the Fruitland Winona Stoney Creek Community Association for Safe and Healthy Neighbourhoods are applauding the Ontario's government's decision to keep the E.D. Smith lands under Greenbelt Protection, under the leadership of Minister Ted McMeekin.

"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).


  1. AnonymousMay 20, 2016

    They'd develop on a postage stamp if you let them. Good on McMeekin and good on you Teresa!

  2. forgive my ignorance, is this fruit still harvested by E.D. Smith for production purposes?

  3. AnonymousMay 23, 2016

    I think that part of v that land is being leased to a farmer who is farming on it.the whole winona area is bring sold out and mismanaged. I believe the councilor out there is way over her head

  4. AnonymousMay 23, 2016

    That parcel of land was producing fruit for the longest time. Suddenly, it seemed to occur to the owner that taking down the trees and using it for development would be a great way to make some $$$$$. All of a sudden the trees come down and a claims made that it is not worthwhile farming there. Really?

    Teresa- I now you have done some great work out in the area, especially with your Green Not Greed campaign. I wish you were the councillor and I hope you run again in 10 or 11. We need someone like you!


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