The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region takes proactive step towards Greenbelt Plan review

WHITBY, ON February 13, 2014 – The Greenbelt Plan, and accompanying Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP), have played a key role in Durham Region's land use planning since they were first introduced, by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in 2005.

Beginning in 2015, the province will undergo a mandatory 10-year review of these plans. In anticipation of this requirement, Durham Region has engaged a consultant to assist in conducting a consultation exercise intended to help influence the Province's upcoming legislated review.

The community consultation exercise will provide residents with the chance to provide input about this legislation, via public meetings and an online survey. Feedback will also be collected through the project's Greenbelt Plan Review Working Group, which includes representation from relevant agencies and other stakeholder organizations with an interest in the Greenbelt. Information gathered through this engagement process will be used to develop a discussion paper, which will consolidate findings, highlight issues related to existing policies and outline future opportunities.

"The idea is to engage stakeholders in a respectful conversation about their experience with this legislation, in order to highlight how it has impacted our communities," said Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. "These comments will help us to improve and strengthen these plans; making them specific to the needs in Durham Region."

This discussion paper will provide the foundation for a Regional submission to the Province. It is anticipated to include major themes, challenges and opportunities evolving from this community consultation process, in addition to providing realistic ways to address these findings.

Once approved by Regional Council, the final report will be forwarded to the province to inform the 2015 Greenbelt Plan review, since it reflects a Durham community perspective. To learn more about this process, please visit


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