Greenbelt Coalition

January 28, 2005 08:16 ET

COALITION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO GET GREENBELT LEGISLATION RIGHT

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 28, 2005) - A new organization of leaders in land-use planning, environmental management, municipal law, home building and land economics have come together to publicly urge Premier Dalton McGuinty to make changes to the proposed Greenbelt Act. The group believes that through sound planning and a transparent process, the end result should be a scientifically defensible, economically feasible and publicly acceptable Ontario Greenbelt.

"We are ready to assist the Ontario Government with our knowledge and expertise," said Dr. Frank Clayton, Chair of the Greenbelt Coalition Advisory Council. "This is an important piece of legislation that will have a profound impact on our province and we want to help the government get it right."

The Greenbelt Coalition draws on the skills and experience of experts in urban planning, law and environmental management. The founding members of the Greenbelt Coalition Advisory Council include:

Dr. Frank A. Clayton, PhD (Chair) President, Clayton Research

Stephen Armstrong, MCIP, RPP Principal, Armstrong Goldberg Hunter Planners
Desi C. Auciello, LL.B President, Cachet Development Group

Jeffrey L. Davies, LL.B Managing Partner, Davies Howe Partners

Tom W. Hilditch, B.Sc. Principal Environmental Management, Stantec Consulting

The Greenbelt Coalition is committed to ensuring that the process for establishing the proposed Greenbelt is:

1. Based on accepted principles of science, economics, land use planning and social studies,
2. Free from politically motivated intrusions, interference and inclusions, and
3. Firmly established on the basis of equal justice, which can only be achieved by ensuring fairness, accountability and transparency.

The Greenbelt Coalition wants to ensure that decisions on greenbelt planning in Southern Ontario must be preceded by studies of the appropriate lands under designation. It is concerned about the potential costs including higher housing costs, diminished economic growth and foregone property rights that may result under the current legislation.

"Our concern is that the government's proposed Greenbelt legislation is the equivalent of an 'environmental trojan horse,' stated Jeffrey Davies, a Greenbelt Coalition Advisory Council member. "It looks like a good thing from the outside but when you open it up you discover that there are things inside you don't like. In this case there are just too many unanswered questions surrounding the current legislation."

The Greenbelt Coalition has also launched its website at www.greenbeltcoalition.org /For further information: Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition, (416) 504-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or 1-866-500-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition
    Primary Phone: 416-504-2358 ext. 21
    Secondary Phone: 416-722-2141
    Toll-Free: 866-500-2358
    E-mail: ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org