Sustainable Communities

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, ...more »

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Create a Farmland Preservation Program

The importance of preserving farmland for agricultural purposes cannot be understated. Agriculture is Ontario’s largest economic sector, contributing over $30 billion annually to the province’s GDP. Farmland also benefits all Ontarians environmentally, as open space helps to regulate the climate and produce our local food web. Yet, much of Ontario’s prime agricultural land is located near towns and cities and will thus ...more »

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Preserve more old buildings: policies & more money for heritage

So much of our architectural heritage is being lost... there is not enough money to preserve buildings, and city councils and the OMB place other priorities first. There have been things like the shameful demolition of several blocks of heritage properties in Brantford. There needs to be a provicnial body to protect heritage buildings - rather than leaving it ONLY to local councils. Old buildings should be saved and ...more »

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Reform municipal taxation

Municipal taxes should be based on cost-to-service instead of assessed value. The current system encourages sprawl by penalizing people who live in efficient but pricey downtown areas while subsidizing properties in outlying areas that are much more expensive to service. Why are we subsidizing sprawl? Also, municipalities should be given the freedom to experiment with different taxation models -- who knows what kind ...more »

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OMB funding for Interveners Paid by Developers

Developers with deep pockets are intimidating Municipalities into supporting non optimum developments because Municipalities and public interveners cannot afford an expensive OMB fight. Hence, to level the playing field Developers should be required to help fund legitimate intervention up to the level of their own legal costs.

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Cheaper or Free Power for Ontarians

Could highrises in Ontario not be required to build wind turbines & or solar power panels on are their buildings, feeding the power into the grid, reducing the cost & carbon footprint of Ontario's power?

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