The Rouge Valley south of Steeles Avenue in Scarborough is part of a continuous ecological corridor that runs through the City and connects the natural systems of Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine. Land within the Rouge Valley is an important part of Toronto's Green Space System and is designated as Greenbelt Protected Countryside. Under the Greenbelt Act, 2005, municipalities with land located within the Greenbelt are required to update their Official Plans to reflect the requirements of the Greenbelt Plan and provide mapping showing the boundaries of the Greenbelt Area, the Protected Countryside and the Natural Heritage System. As part of the Five Year Review of the Official Plan, the City is amending its Official Plan to bring it into conformity with the Provincial Greenbelt Plan (2005) and other environmental planning initiatives by:
- amending Chapter 2 to identify the Greenbelt Protected Countryside and recognize Greenbelt River Valley Connections;
- amending Site and Areas Specific Policies (SASP) 135 and 141 to reflect Greenbelt Plan requirements, including amending the area subject to the policies and providing more detailed direction on how natural and hydrologic features and functions should be protected; and
- amending SASP 141 to include a map of the Greenbelt Natural Heritage System, to reflect key policy goals of the 1994 Rouge Park Plan, including protecting the area within 30 meters of the stable top of bank, and to identify how the City will work with Parks Canada on the Rouge National Urban Park.
The areas affected by the Official Plan amendment are illustrated on the map below. The City Planning Division’s Report that is before the Planning and Growth Management Committee is available at:
Official Plan Five Year Review – Greenbelt Plan Conformity Official Plan Amendment.
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A meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee to review the proposed Official Plan Amendment will be held on:
DATE: June 15, 2016
TIME: 10:30 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter
PLACE: Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
At this meeting, the Planning and Growth Management Committee will receive input and review the proposal amendment and any other material placed before it, in order to make recommendations on the Official Plan Amendment to City Council for its consideration. If you wish to address the Planning and Growth Management Committee in person or in writing, please contact:
City Clerk, Attention: Nancy Martins, Administrator, Planning and Growth Management Committee, City Hall, 10th Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, Phone: 416-397-4579, Fax: 416 392-1879, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require additional information about the proposed Official Plan Amendment, please contact Jane Weninger at 416 392-0422, email: email@example.com.