Greenbelt: Gateway to Denser Development

Each new development is influenced by government legislation, zoning, by-laws and land-use plans can dictate how a new developments are created.

For decades, cities in the Golden Horseshoe prioritized development on ‘greenfield’ land. Suburban developments extended city limits in sprawling new developments. Low-density neighbourhoods were created with few services including: transit and commercial space. As the region’s population increased the provincial government worked to protect valuable farmland from ‘urban sprawl’ through the introduction of the Greenbelt Plan.

What is the Greenbelt?

Tracking the development of the Greenbelt. Image from

Ontario’s Greenbelt plan protects over 2 million acres of valuable farmland, wetlands, watershed and forests in the Golden Horseshoe. The protected area reaches around the western portion of Lake Ontario and features agricultural businesses, conservation land, trails and bike routes. The Greenbelt has become a tourist destination. Combined with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe the province has been able to protect farmland and encourage denser communities.

Land-Use Policies Impact the Regions Development 

Due to these new land-use policies commercial and residential developments are changing. Municipalities are supporting denser, mixed-use developments that give the community more housing options.

Television City
An artist’s rendering of the Television City. Image from

In Hamilton, a multitude of new developments are in the works. Buildings like, Television City, promote these land-use policies by creating transit-oriented development in urban areas. Each development adds to the vitality of the neighbourhood bringing residents, retail and commercial space. 

What are your thoughts on Ontario’s Greenbelt and Land-use policies?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, I never realized how such a big part of the government has an impact on the development of one single building at the end of the day. I think it sure gives the impression that it should be negotiated with the people of our country, as they are the ones living or performing work in these areas!


    1. Your right. Many people are impacted daily through these land-use policies. The province did complete a 10-year review that engaged residents and businesses owners. It helped to give people more of a voice in the policy! :)(Reference;


  2. enachublog says:

    Reblogged this on enachublog and commented:
    Transit- oriented development will encourage more usage for nearby errands, leaving cars longer journeys. Cycling lanes can be useful in the fight against emission.

    Liked by 1 person

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