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?
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.
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.
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