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Greenbelt Protection Act, 2004

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A field in the Golden Horseshoe.The Greenbelt Protection Act, 2004 was the first step toward permanent greenbelt protection in the Golden Horseshoe.  The legislation:

  • Creates a greenbelt study area in the Golden Horseshoe including the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Niagara Escarpment, and the Niagara tender fruit lands;

  • Establishes a moratorium that would temporarily prevent new urban uses outside existing urban boundaries on rural and agricultural lands within key portions of the study area;

  • Allows the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to stay proceedings regarding sensitive lands within the study area; and

  • Strengthens protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine by clarifying provisions of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 and extending the authority of the government to stay Ontario Municipal Board appeals on the Oak Ridges Moraine.