DEMAND COMPLETE COMMUNITIES FOR BETTER SERVICES, A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT,
AND A CLIMATE-FRIENDLY FUTURE.
We are a collective of community leaders, organizations, and people who care about the future of York Region.
The York Region Official Plan needs to be strengthened to stop sprawl.
As York Region grows, we need to grow better. We would like York Region’s Official Plan to ensure the following improvements occur:
- Create the variety of housing we need
- Lower taxes and invest in existing communities
- Protect the Greenbelt, farmland, and Lake Simcoe
- Reduce traffic congestion
- Create a safer climate for our future
- Holding existing urban boundaries firm;
- Providing the housing we need to create complete, affordable and walkable communities;
- Prioritizing building more homes and businesses inside of our existing cities and towns over paving farms and forests until at least 2041;
- Protecting the Greenbelt or the Oak Ridges Moraine - no to expanding into protected areas for to creating new settlement areas;
- Making wise and fiscally-responsible use of existing infrastructure to reduce debt and limit tax increases (i.e. roads, water and wastewater pipes and facilities);
- Making new infrastructure or expansions of infrastructure pay its own way over the long term;
- Rezoning to prioritize building various forms of affordable housing units and smart densities around existing transit stations (within 800 m of transit stations) and to make transit services financially viable and more convenient for users: (i.e. 80 pp/ha for bus, 150pp/ha for Go Trains, 200pp/ha for subways);
- Prioritizing investments in transit to reduce congestion and GHG’s, rather than supporting expensive new provincial highways, like the Bradford Bypass and Highway 413;
- Making improvements to the water quality in Lake Simcoe, its rivers and streams by reducing phosphorus loads from York Region;
- Increasing the amount of woodland cover outside of urban areas to to 30 – 40%;
- Committing our Councils to the ideals and policies in the Official Plan (OP);
- Monitoring, review and public reporting on the OP targets every two years and adjust intensification targets as needed to meet OP goals and targets.