I agree to Idea Establish the FarmBelt to protect prime farmland
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Establish the FarmBelt to protect prime farmland

It is time Ontario properly protects our quickly disappearing prime farmland. The creation of a GreenBelt-esque protection for farmland would ensure that urban sprawl does not unnecessarily get built on top of the land that feeds us, and provides us with many valuable agricultural jobs. This would promote density and smart urban planning throughout the GTHA. It would also protect prime farmland from development applications, such as the canceled Melancthon Mega Quarry.

Submitted by Alexander 9 months ago

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    9 months ago

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  1. So are you planning to compensate the landowners that are going to see a dramatic drop in their property values?

    9 months ago
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    1. Should the government be required to compensate people who speculate in real estate?

      9 months ago
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    2. No one is compensating me for decrease property value and health due to unwanted wind turbines in my area for inefficient power supply that we don't need. We Need Food!

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    3. On the federally-owned lands of North Pickering, the land was expropriated over 4 decades ago. The heartache is over; the lands belong to us as Canadians. 13000+ acres of Class1 agricultural land on the doorstep of T.O. We just have to stop Flaherty et al from putting industry and an airport on it! This idea goes with: http://commonground.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Protection-of-the-Pickering-Lands/20525-25935

      8 months ago
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  2. This is a great idea. It goes part and parcel with protection of the Pickering Lands from conversion into an airport.

    http://commonground.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Protection-of-the-Pickering-Lands/20525-25935

    9 months ago
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  3. Greenbelts have not been successful, as they result in leapfrog development, resulting in higher cost of servicing. Zoning, development charges, property taxes and land transfer taxes ensure that low-density land use is more profitable for builders than infill.

    9 months ago
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    1. There would be better ways to avoid this problem than selling off good farmland.

      9 months ago
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    2. build up not out

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  4. The greater golden horseshoe is already home to the world's biggest greenbelt (see Ontario The Greenbelt Act). Are you proposing that it be enlarged?

    9 months ago
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    1. Alexander Idea Submitter

      Yes I am aware of the greenbelt. This would be a new classification that would apply to prime farmland, not environmentally sensitive or significant areas. It would protect farmland from sprawl, and developments like airports and quarries.

      9 months ago
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    2. All of South Western Ontario has prime farmland. Send industry to Sudbury and the like wher the land is not fertile. Fertile land can not be replaced, don't people get that in the city.

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  5. This is a great idea. Agriculture is the most important industry around, you have to eat something, and Ontario has some of the best farmland in the world. We need to protect it.

    9 months ago
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  6. I am pretty sure this was already done back in the 70's around Toronto. Don't know why but it was totally ignored by everyone.

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  7. The OMB should also get involved with this as they should not let this happen by always giving in to the developers.

    Eliminate the O.M.B. would help

    9 months ago
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  8. I agree with the protection of good farmland. However, this policy should not prevent the movement of population in less dense areas. High density population brings with it all kinds of problems, health being one of them.

    8 months ago
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    1. Alexander Idea Submitter

      I agree, we do not all need to live in ultra-high density areas. The main purpose of this idea is to protect tracts of rich agricultural land, and to promote smart urban planning to create sustainable growth, not sprawl.

      8 months ago
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  9. Wish we could combine this proposal with the one to stop the Pickering Airport and save the biggest, last best farmland in Canada, right on the doorstep of its biggest city!! http://commonground.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Protection-of-the-Pickering-Lands/20525-25935

    Mary Delaney, Land Over Landings

    8 months ago
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