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‘It’s throwing away years of planning’: Clearview motion raises issues with More Homes Built Faster Act

In Agriculture
Jun 4th, 2023
Amy Cann is the director of planning and building for the Township of Clearview. – Township of Clearview photo

From Simcoe.com, June 2, 2023
By Ian Adams 

Changes to Ontario’s policy statement on land-use planning could have dire consequences for Clearview Township’s agricultural landscape.

The township’s director of planning and building, Amy Cann, warned that changes to the provincial policy statement (PPS) as part of Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, could drive up the price of land, leading farmers to decide it would be more lucrative to sell to developers than stay in agricultural production.

The proposed PPS would also “dramatically remove” municipal planning oversight, and render the township’s official plan “inoperative.”

Cann said currently, locally-developed policy can be more restrictive as long as it is consistent with the provincial document.

“That is taken off the table with this proposed wording (in the policy),” she said. “The ability to write our own policy framework does allow our local policy to honour and reflect our local context.”

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