What is the Issue?
The CFFO is concerned that short-sighted land use policy will jeopardize the future livability of our province.
Why Does It Matter?
The CFFO believes that the land should be set to its best purpose. The best food-growing land should be tasked with growing food. The most naturally sensitive land should be dedicated to nature. The land that is not particularly well suited to either of these purposes should be a place for housing and other development.
Good planning and density targets can prevent urban sprawl onto our valuable food-growing and naturally sensitive lands. But without government intervention, building outward will remain more profitable than building upward.
What Does CFFO Want?
Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – For the long-term wellbeing of the province, The PPS, which directs municipal land use planning and guides municipal land development for all of Ontario, must not prioritize development over farmland preservation.
Agricultural Impact Assessments – The CFFO recommends the implementation of assessments that will measure the impact of planned developments on the Agri-Food Network before significant changes are made.
Natural Heritage Planning – Nature preservation is vital for sustainability, but CFFO recognizes the balance between the needs of the environment and the needs of farmers to produce food. Both can happen together.
Letters & Submissions
- Growing the Size of the Greenbelt
- Joint Letter re: Amending the Planning Act to Enable More MZOs
- Joint Letter to Minister Clark re: MZOs
- Enhanced Authority for Minister's Zoning Orders
- Submission regarding Proposed Amendment 1 to Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Submission regarding Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Submission regarding Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario
- Request for Minimum Distance Separation for Cannabis Production Operations
- Submission regarding Bill 132: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
- Submission regarding 2019 Provincial Policy Statement Review
- Submission regarding Four Provincial Land-Use Planning Proposals
- Submission regarding Provincial Pre-Budget Consultation 2019
- Submission regarding Bill 66: Open-for-Business Planning By-Law
- Submission regarding Agricultural Impact Assessments (AIAs)
- Submission regarding the Growth Plan and Density Targets for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- Submission regarding Watershed Planning in Ontario
- Submission regarding Water Protections and Growing the Greenbelt
- Submission regarding Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
News & Commentaries
- Making the Greenbelt Bigger…A Lot Bigger
- Land Use Planning: Where Do We Draw the Line?
- MZOs: Good Land Use Planning Takes Time
- Finding the Balance: Farming, Development and Environmental Protection
- New Risk to Farmland: Minister’s Zoning Orders
- Where Should We Look for Economic Recovery?
- Managing Development for Everybody: Where Does the Buck Stop?
- Omnibus Bill 132: Good for Farmers?
- Ontario’s Provincial Land Use Policy: Who Wins?
- Land Use Writ Large: Changes to Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement
- Adjusting the Balance
- Fighting for Farmland
- Planning for Growth in Ontario
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