VAUGHAN, ON, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Environmental Defence and the
Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) welcomed Premier McGuinty's
announcement of a new Greenbelt designation.
"The new Greenbelt designation gives municipalities the opportunity to
connect publicly-owned and protected urban river valleys to the
Greenbelt through a public official plan process," said Joe Vaccaro of
the OHBA. "This is the appropriate way to grow the Greenbelt for future
generations to enjoy."
Today Oakville's Glenorchy Conservation Area was formally added to
Ontario's Greenbelt. The province also unveiled its new urban river
valley designation as part of the Greenbelt Plan, which will allow
municipalities to include rivers and streams in urban areas under the
"We're delighted by this first Greenbelt expansion through public lands,
and look forward to similar such expansions in the future," said
Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence. "As the GTA population
continues to grow we'll be working to ensure the Greenbelt is protected
and that new communities utilize growth plan principles to create
complete, livable and sustainable neighbourhoods where Ontarians can
live, work and play."
About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action
organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business
and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
About ONTARIO HOME BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION (www.ohba.ca): The Ontario Home Builders' Association is the voice of the
residential construction industry in Ontario representing 4,000 member
companies organized into 30 local associations across the province. The
industry contributes over $42 billion dollars to Ontario's economy,
employing more than 325,000 people across the province.
SOURCE: Environmental Defence
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Kathryn Segal, Junior Communications Coordinator, Ontario Home Builders' Association, 416-443-1545 ext. 223; 416-949-2706 (mobile)