The Township of Mulmur is concerned with the proposed greenbelt expansion study area proposed in the “Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring” proposal
and believes it is important to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Protecting Water Consultations) before the March 7th deadline.
Mulmur has a provincially approved Official Plan that provides a strong policy framework for the protection of resources, including agriculture, water and natural heritage resources. Mulmur agrees that it is important to protect water for future generations, but believes that this can be achieved without the Greenbelt/NEC expansion in Mulmur.
Mulmur is concerned that:
- The proposed study area includes lands that were proposed to be within the Niagara Escarpment expansion. The NEC made a commitment to the Township regarding any NEC expansion, in that they would be part of a larger public consultation process, but also that they would include collaboration with the Township and investigate the impacts of an expansion on the Township’s budget and on the residents whose lands were proposed for inclusion.
- The Township is concerned with the NEC enforcement and permit process and any expansion which may result in added frustration to its residents in obtaining permits for additions, renovations and new development.
- Mulmur supports sustainable economic development that fits with the rural character. Recognition is required for Mulmur’s existing Settlement Areas, including the Primrose Business Park and Mansfield, to ensure their future viability and that of the Township overall.
- Residents within the expansion study area have not been notified of their possible inclusion, nor of the implications of growing the Greenbelt Plan (which includes the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area and the Oak Ridges Moraine Area)
Click here for a copy of the Township’s letter.
Click here for a copy of the Public Consultation Document