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The Parkway Belt West Plan (PBWP) was implemented in 1978 to create a multi-purpose utility corridor, urban separator and linked open space system.

The four general goals of the plan are:

  1. separate and define the boundaries of urban areas, giving residents a better sense of community
  2. link urban areas and areas outside the region by providing space for the movement of people, goods, energy, and information, without disrupting the community
  3. provide a land reserve for future linear facilities (such as highways, electric power transmission corridors, and pipelines) which require a substantial land area
  4. provide open space and recreational facilities linked with each other, nearby communities and other recreational areas

Amendments have been made to the PBWP since 1978 to meet changing needs. Today, the primary effect of the plan is to designate and protect land needed for linear regional infrastructure such as transit, utility and electric power facility corridors.

The Parkway Belt Planning and Development Act, 1973 was the implementing legislation for the PBWP. That Act was repealed in 1994 and the Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994 is now the relevant legislation for the PBWP.

The area covered by the PBWP is divided into 2 general land use categories:

  1. Public Use Areas are defined as areas currently used, or to be mainly used in the future, for infrastructure and open space. This category is made up of the following designations: public open space and buffer area, utility, electric power facility, road, and inter-urban transit.
  2. Complementary Use Areas are to be mainly used for private uses that aid in preserving the open space character of the area encouraging agricultural, recreational and institutional land uses that do not require intense urbanization.

Under the Ontario Planning and Development Act, amendments to the PBWP can be initiated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs or by application to the Minister. Since 1978, over 200 amendments to the Plan have been approved.

If you require a copy of the Parkway Belt West Plan, please contact us.

Parkway Belt West Plan mapping project

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) is seeking feedback on proposed amendments that will impact lands located within the PBWP and lands covered by the PBWP’s associated Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) in the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel and York and the Cities of Hamilton and Toronto.

What is proposed to change

1. Mapping

The boundary of the land use designations within the 1978 PBWP maps and the subsequent plan amendments were not based on surveys. We are proposing to replace the 1978 PBWP maps with updated mapping that aligns the boundary of the land use designations with more precise boundaries based on surveys, such as property lines and roads.

We are also processing 2 applications submitted by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) that propose to:

  • realign the Inter-Urban Transit designation from Highway 400 (City of Vaughan) to Kennedy Road (City of Markham) as per MTO’s completed Environmental Assessment for the 407 Transitway
  • add lands to the Inter-Urban Transit designation from Highway 407 (Town of Oakville) to Brant Street (City of Burlington) to implement recommendations of MTO’s 2005 407 West Corridor Protection Study in advance of the completion of their 407 West Inter-Urban Transitway Environmental Assessment

The proposed amendment is illustrated on the following maps:

  • Proposed map 1: Key Map – shows the Parkway Belt West Planning Area, the area covered by the plan and the location of the seven links.
  • Proposed maps 2 to 8 show the area covered by the plan divided into two land use categories, the Public Use Area and the Complementary Use Area, and the components of these two land use categories. In particular, the proposed amendments to maps 2 to 8 are as follows:
    • Proposed map 2: Escarpment Link –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Hamilton, Burlington and Milton and add to the lands designated 'Inter-Urban Transit' in Oakville and Burlington.
    • Proposed map 3: Southern Link –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Milton, Oakville and Mississauga.
    • Proposed map 4: Northern Link (Milton-Woodbridge) –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto and Woodbridge.
    • Proposed map 5: Northern Link (Woodbridge-Markham) –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping in Woodbridge, Toronto, Richmond Hill and Markham and realign lands designated ‘Inter-Urban Transit’ in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.
    • Proposed map 6: Burlington-Oakville Mini-Belt –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Milton, Oakville and Burlington.
    • Proposed map 7: Oakville Mississauga Mini-Belt –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Mississauga, Milton and Oakville.
    • Proposed map 8: Airport Mini-Belt –amending the PBWP to replace map with updated mapping for lands in Brampton and Mississauga.

Email us for an electronic copy of the proposed PBWP amendment together with a summary of the background studies used in the preparation of the proposed changes.

2. Minister's Zoning Orders (MZOs)

In 1973, 14 MZOs were put in place to protect land needed to implement the PBWP. Today, only 5 of these PBWP associated MZOs remain in effect. There have been many changes to the PBWP and the plan’s associated MZOs over time and as a result of these changes there are inconsistencies between the two. The proposed MZO amendments seek to address these inconsistencies by aligning the MZOs with the PBWP or revoking them if the municipal zoning in-effect conforms to the PBWP.

The ministry is proposing to amend or revoke the following MZOs, filed as:

  • Ontario Regulation (O.Reg.) 473/73 (Markham)
  • O.Reg. 478/73 (Etobicoke)
  • O.Reg. 474/73 (Richmond Hill)
  • O.Reg. 481/73 (Oakville, Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga)

How to participate

Send us your feedback on the proposed amendments by:

  • sending us an email
  • sending us mail at:
    Ministry of Municipal Affairs
    Central Municipal Services Office
    13th floor
    777 Bay Street
    Toronto ON M5G 2E5

Deadline for submissions: November 20, 2017

After the deadline for submission

The options available to the minister for the proposed PBWP amendment are set out in sections 7 and 8 of the Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994.

Generally, if no submissions are received before November 20, 2017, the minister may approve or modify and approve all or part of the amendment.

If submissions are received before November 20, 2017, the minister may approve, modify and approve, or propose to refuse all or part of the amendment, or refer the amendment to a hearing officer or the Ontario Municipal Board to conduct a hearing and to make a recommendation.

Contact

Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Central Municipal Services Office
13th floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto ON M5G 2E5
Telephone: 416-585-6226 or 1-800-668-0230
Fax: 416-585-6882

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