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Clarington details lands being restored to greenbelt

Clarington Council announced it is drawing up land details to provide input on provincial legislation to restore lands removed from the greenbelt

Council received a staff report on Bill 136, the proposed Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act. This provincial legislation would return to the greenbelt the 15 areas across Ontario that had been removed in December 2022.

This includes the lands removed at the northeast corner of Nash Road and Hancock Road in Clarington, said the council announcement.

In addition, lands that were added to the greenbelt in 2022 will remain in the greenbelt. These include expansions to Urban River Valley areas along Wilmot Creek and Soper Creek, and the addition of lands within Darlington Provincial Park, it added.

The greenbelt encompasses approximately 81 per cent of the total lands in Clarington. This includes part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, the announcement pointed out.

The legislation would, if passed, also ensure that any future boundary adjustments are made through an open and public process.

Council has directed staff to submit the report as Clarington’s comments on the proposed legislation. No timeline for the submission was provided.

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