Schreiner fighting to stop urban sprawl that would replace agricultural land in Milton and Halton Hills


Published January 25, 2022 at 2:29 pm

The leader of Ontario’s Green Party, Mike Schreiner is joining the fight to stop the spread of urban sprawl in Halton Region that would affect agricultural land in Milton and Halton Hills.

Schreiner will be hosting a virtual media conference tomorrow (Jan. 26) to call on Halton Region to stop the disappearance of green space as proposed in new Regional planning documents.

To accommodate future housing and industrial needs, Halton Region is considering replacing 2,120 hectares of mostly agricultural land in Milton and Halton Hills.

In February 2021, a coalition of Halton citizens began preparing to stand up for the preservation of farmland, watersheds, air quality and neighbourhoods within existing boundaries.

A Facebook group with over 1,000 members has also been created to “help set hard urban boundaries.”

“We are local residents concerned about losing our farmland, wetlands and watersheds, the future sustainability of Ontario and all matters related to the #ClimateCrisis,” states the page.

Halton Region’s plan is geared to accommodate growth, with a population goal to reach one million in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills by 2051.

As a result, Halton Region’s plan would see urban sprawl take over 2,120 hectares of agricultural land in Milton and Halton Hills.

At tomorrow’s session, Schreiner will be joined by leaders from across Halton including Jane Fogal, Regional and local Municipal Councillor for the Region of Halton and the Town of Halton Hills and Colin Best, Halton Regional Councillor for Town of Milton Ward 1.

The media conference will be available online tomorrow for members of the public.


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