Stop Sprawl and Grow the Greenbelt – oppose MZOs, support CAs, contact your council
Action Alert from Ontario Nature
Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe developers and land speculators are lobbying local governments to allow sprawl-style development on precious natural areas and farmland.
They’re using COVID-19 as a smoke screen saying these developments are necessary to get us through the crisis.
And they’re convincing the provincial and some local governments to use an emergency-only tool, Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs), to sidestep public input and environmental protection.
They’ve also persuaded the Province to strip Conservation Authorities of the power to stand up for nature and oppose irresponsible development projects.
We need to stop this assault on our natural heritage.
Local governments must focus on protecting the natural spaces, farmland and precious water sources that we all depend on. They need to hear from you, and thousands of others across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, that you want a COVID-19 Recovery Plan that stops sprawl and grows the Greenbelt.
Tell your Councillors and Mayor to:
-Resist the use of MZOs, which bypass environmental protections, silence community input and pave the way for sprawling development.
-Oppose proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, which would undermine efforts to conserve biodiversity and build resilience to climate change impacts.
-Support proposals to grow the Greenbelt and protect more farmland, natural areas and freshwater sources.
This campaign is a collaborative effort of over 100 groups across Ontario working together through the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA). This action page is hosted by Ontario Nature, a member of the OGA. To learn more, please visit greenbeltalliance.ca.