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GREENBELT COUNCIL

JUNE 1, 2006

Updated April 19, 2011

STATEMENT OF POLICY

Greenbelt Plan and/or Its Policies, the Application of the Plan and/or Its Policies, or the Delineation of the Greenbelt

Since its establishment, the Greenbelt Council has received numerous requests that the Council investigate, and make a recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing concerning individual situations in which the requester takes issue with or seeks relief from the policies of the Greenbelt Plan, the application of the Plan or the delineation of the Greenbelt.  The Council has indicated that it is not the intended role of the Council to become involved in the investigation or resolution of individual or site-specific issues of this nature. 

For greater clarity, the Council adopts the following statement of policy.

  1. The Greenbelt Council will not consider and make recommendations to the Minister with regard to site-specific issues pertaining to the Greenbelt Plan and/or its policies, the application of the Plan and/or its policies or the delineation of the Greenbelt, at the request of a member of the public or of a business, organization, or municipality.
  2. The Council’s mandate and Memorandum of Understanding do not envision that the Council will act in any way as an appeal body or hearing panel with respect to the Greenbelt Plan and/or its policies, the application of the Plan and/or its policies, or the delineation of the Greenbelt. Nor does the Council have the resources to conduct a hearing or appeal process.
  3. The Greenbelt Council, as provided in section 3.1(a) iv. of its Memorandum of Understanding, is to provide advice to the Minister on recurring policy or legislative issues that impact the implementation of the Plan. In accordance with section 3.1(d) of its Memorandum of Understanding, the Council will not consider matters that are being considered, or may be considered, by an appeal body.
  4. Notwithstanding the above, the Council’s Memorandum of Understanding provides that the Council will provide its advice to the Minister on a matter referred to it by the Minister. The process which Council will adopt to consider and respond to such requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis, with the clear understanding that the Council will not be conducting a hearing or appeal process.
  5. In any advice to the Minister, the Council will be guided by the vision and goals of the Greenbelt Plan. These can be found at Link - Greenbelt Plan 2005.