Don River joins Greenbelt

Designation recognizes environmental heritage

An extra layer of protection is soon to be added to the Don and Humber River Valleys as the city moves to have them added to the Ontario Greenbelt.

“It’s very exciting,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, who spearheaded the initiative. “(The area) is an incredible piece of our environmental heritage.”

The provincial government is set to make the designation official in the coming weeks.

Including the river valleys and their surrounding ravine and flood plain systems on the Greenbelt list adds a level of permanence to their protection, ensuring that the areas will be off limits to developers, a crowd was told during the official announcement on Feb. 26.

The natural expanses to be included in the Greenbelt are already protected by various municipal bylaws but this move will remove the power of future city governments to affect them.

The Ontario Greenbelt was founded in 2005 and includes around 740,000 hectares acres of farmland and wilderness, including the Niagara Escarpment, Rouge Park and the Oak Ridges Moraine.

In addition to adding a level of permanent protection to vast expanses of the Golden Horseshoe and beyond, the Greenbelt is frequently mentioned in the province’s tourism literature as an attractive natural option for visitors to explore.

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By: Christopher Reynolds
Posted: Mar 17 2010 10:29 am
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto