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Sustainable Halton Background

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What is Sustainable Halton?

Places to Grow PlanExternal Link, the provincial growth plan, sets population and employment targets that Halton Region must plan to achieve. Specifically, we need to plan for a total of 780,000 people and 390,000 jobs by 2031. This requirement means that we need to plan for an additional 134,000 people and 54,000 jobs in the years 2021-2031.

Sustainable Halton is Halton Region's growth management and land use response to the province's Places to Grow Plan, the Provincial Policy StatementExternal Link and the Greenbelt PlanExternal Link. It involved research, public consultation, staff recommendations and Council approval of policy changes to the Region's Official Plan.

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How Does Sustainable Halton Connect with the Region's Official Plan?

In 2008, we launched a 2-phased process for the Official Plan Review.

The first amendment, ROPA 37 - An Amendment to Incorporate the Basic Requirements of the Provincial Places to Grow PlanAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF)121KB, met the province's basic requirements for growth management planning to 2031.

The second amendment, ROPA 38 - An Amendment to Incorporate the Results of a Comprehensive Review of the Regional Official Plan, represented our five-year review of Halton's Regional Official Plan.

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How Can I Participate and Give Feedback?

The participation and feedback stages of the Sustainable Halton process are now complete. Your opinion mattered as we developed the Sustainable Halton plan.

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What Provincial Legislation is Sustainable Halton Responding to?

The following Ontario government links will take you to the key provincial policy documents that led to Sustainable Halton.

Provincial Government

Provincial Policy Statement External Link The Provincial Policy Statement is issued under the authority of Section 3 of the Planning Act. It provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development, and promotes the provincial policy-led planning system.
Places to Grow Plan External Link This URL links you to the Government of Ontario's official website for the Places to Grow Plan initiative.
Greenbelt Protection External Link This link connects you to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's information on the Greenbelt Plan including the Greenbelt Act, 2005.

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What Does Sustainable Halton Do?

Sustainable Halton will identified Halton's urban growth area to 2031 and what land will be preserved for wildlife, green space and farmland. It clarified what land will be reserved for business and residential use. As well, it planned where roads, transit corridors, utilities and other regional infrastructure will go.

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How Will Sustainable Halton Benefit Me?

We want to plan complete and sustainable communities where you can easily ride the bus, walk or cycle as an alternative to using your car. With complete and sustainable communities, we will help to reduce the impacts of urbanization such as air pollution and climate change.

As Sustainable Halton is implemented, we will have a plan for communities where urban sprawl is minimized, where infrastructure is maximized, where natural resources are protected and where natural spaces and farmland are preserved.

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What is the Sustainable Halton Process?

The Sustainable Halton Process has 3 planning streams:

  • The Growth Management Plan.
  • The five-year Official Plan Review - Basic (ROPA 37).
  • The five-year Official Plan Review - Comprehensive (ROPA 38).

Regional Council adopted ROPA 38 on December 16, 2009 and the Implementation phase is nearly complete. The province is now reviewing ROPA 38 and has until June 16, 2010 to approve, amend or refuse ROPA 38.

Thus, in 2010, the process of making ROPA 38 and Sustainable Halton a reality will begin.

Diagram of the Sustainable Halton Process
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The 3 planning streams of the Sustainable Halton process are the Growth Management Plan, the Five-year Official Plan Review - Basic and the Five-year Official Plan Review - Comprehensive. The following list of dates is a timeline of the Growth Management Plan:

  • April 2007: Phase 1 (Building Blocks) reports released
  • June 2008: Phase 2 (Strategic Planning) reports released
  • April 2009: Phase 3 (Decision Making) 13 reports released
  • April 2009: Identify Preferred Land Use Plan
  • May to June, 2009: Public Consultation on Background Reports
  • June 24, 2009: Council reached Preferred Land Use Plan decision
The following list of dates is a timeline of the Five-Year Regional Official Plan Review - Basic:
  • April 2007: Phase 1 (Building Blocks) reports released
  • June 2008: Phase 2 (Strategic Planning) reports released
  • April 2009: Phase 3 (Decision Making) 13 reports released
  • April 2009: Draft ROPA 37 released
  • May to June, 2009: Public Consultation on ROPA 37
  • June 3, 2009: Council adopted ROPA 37
The following list of dates is a timeline of the Five-Year Regional Official Plan Review - Comprehensive:
  • April 2007: Phase 1 (Building Blocks) reports released
  • June 2008: Phase 2 (Strategic Planning) reports released
  • April 2009: Phase 3 (Decision Making) 13 reports released
  • April 2009: Directions Report released
  • May to June, 2009: Public Consultation on Directions Report
  • June 24, 2009: Council adopted Directions Report
The following list of dates is a timeline of events after the 3 planning streams merge (the beginning of Phase 4 in the Sustainable Halton process):
  • September 9, 2009: Phase 4 (Implementation) Draft ROPA 38 released
  • September to November, 2009: Public Consultation for ROPA 38
  • December 16, 2009: Council adopts ROPA 38

 

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Timeline

This timeline chart shows you the four phases for Sustainable Halton and the main activities in each phase. 

Click on the image below to view timeline details.

Sustainable Halton Timeline
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From 2005 to 2007 the following activities took place for Phase One: Building Block Research for Sustainable Halton. The following list of dates highlights activity from the Provincial Government:

  • February 28, 2005: Province passes Greenbelt Act
  • June 13, 2005: Province passes Places to Grow act
The following list of dates highlights activity from Halton Region:
  • May 2006 to December 2007: 22 Technical Reports were produced and reviewed
  • May 2006: Launched Sustainable Halton
The following is a list of dates when public consultation happened:
  • June 2006: Public meetings
  • June 2007: Public Meetings and one symposium
From 2008 to 2010 the following activities took place for Phase Two: Strategic Planning, Phase Three: Decision Making and Phase Four: Implementation. The following list of dates highlights activity from the Provincial Government:
  • Estimated early 2010, the Province approves Halton's Official Plan (Phase Four)
The following list of dates highlights activity from Halton Region:
  • June 2008: Evaluation Framework and Growth Concepts report is released (Phase Two)
  • June 3, 2009: Council approved ROPA 37 (Phase Three)
  • June 24, 2009: Council approved Sustainable Halton Land Use Option and Official Plan Directions report (Phase Three)
  • September 9, 2009: Expected release of Draft ROPA 38 (beginning of Phase Four)
  • December 16, 2009: Council adopts ROPA 38 (Phase Four)
The following is a list of dates when public consultation happened:
  • January 2008: Public meetings (Phase Two)
  • September 2008: Public Meetings (Phase Two)
  • May to June, 2009: Public Meetings (Phase Three)
  • September to November, 2009: Public consultation for Draft ROPA 38 (Phase Four)

 

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