Province Of Ontario Unveils Smart Growth Agenda

A new agenda promises a Toronto greenbelt, coordinated transit and new curbs on urban sprawl.
November 22, 2003, 7am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Ontario's new Liberal government delivered its first Speech from the Throne on Thursday afternoon. While widely viewed as a disappointment for backing down from some of the more expensive aspects of the party's election platform, the speech announced several new policies on the smart growth front including: 1) establishing a permanent greenbelt across the Golden Horseshoe, and a new commission to protect it; 2) establishing a Greater Toronto Transportation Authority to improve public transit, reduce gridlock, and improve air quality; 3) introducing new rules for the Ontario Municipal Board, Ontario's controversial planning appellate body, that will compel it to promote sustainable growth instead of sprawl.

Thanks to Geoffrey Singer

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Published on Thursday, November 20, 2003 in Premier Of Ontario
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