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The Greenbelt Act, 2005

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The Greenbelt Act, 2005 enables the creation of a Greenbelt Plan to protect about 1.8 million acres of environmentally sensitive and agricultural land in the Golden Horseshoe from urban development and sprawl.  It includes and builds on about 800,000 acres of land within the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

The legislation authorizes the government to designate a Greenbelt Area and establish a Greenbelt Plan. It sets out the main elements and objectives for the Greenbelt, which are addressed in the Plan.  It also requires planning decisions to conform to the Greenbelt Plan.

Pursuant to the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the Greenbelt Council was appointed by the minister in June 2005.  The council will provide advice on the administration of the Greenbelt and will guide the government on such matters as the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan, performance measures and the 10-year review of the plan.