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The Oak Ridges Moraine

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The Greenbelt Plan includes lands within, and builds upon the ecological protections provided by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, as well as the Niagara Escarpment Plan.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally sensitive, geological landform in south central Ontario, covering 190,000 hectares.

Photo of a Marsh in the Oak Ridges Moraine

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 provides the authority for the creation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Area and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The Oak Ridges Moraine Area has a defined boundary that precisely maps its geography

The Oak Ridges Moraine Act, 2001 requires that decisions made under the Planning Act and the Condominium Act, 1998 conform to the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

A co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan was undertaken in 2015.  The extensive feedback received during the consultations on the review, including the Advisory Panel’s recommendations, was considered.   

Amendments to the four plans, including the Greenbelt Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, are proposed for consultation.