This week EEB welcomes Dr. Graham Whitelaw from Queen’s Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Environmental Studies. Dr. Whitelaw will present:
Growing the Greenbelt in southern Ontario: Go big or go home!
The past 40 years of land use planning in southern Ontario involved various innovations to natural heritage protection concepts and application. The results on the ground are impressive e.g. environmentally sensitive area protection through Official Plans, Niagara Escarpment protection through the Niagara Escarpment Plan and Act, wetlands protection through the Wetlands Policy Statement, other significant natural area protection through the Provincial Policy Statement, Oak Ridges Moraine protection through the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Act and countryside lands protection through the Greenbelt Plan and Act. The total land base with credible environmental protection policies in place in and around the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) area cover 1.8 million acres (728,434 hectares) mainly on private lands. Serious proposals generated through the ongoing Province of Ontario’s coordinated review of the Greenbelt plans and the Growth Plan for the GGH may potentially add an additional 1.5 million acres (607,028 hectares). I will present my perspective on the evolution of natural heritage planning in the GGH based on 25 years of land use planning research and practice.
Bio: Graham has over 25 years of experience in the land use and environmental policy fields, 10 of those with the Land Use Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment. He also has extensive consulting experience providing services to government and the NGO sector and is an accomplished facilitator bringing innovation to the policy development process through public engagement processes. He completed his PhD in the School of Planning, University of Waterloo in 2006 and joined Queen’s University in 2007, and is currently a volunteer Director with the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation.
Host: Grogan / EEB