Rural Lands to be SAVED!

October 8, 2009 at 2:12 am Leave a comment

Waterloo Region is tightening land-use controls to limit urban sprawl.

Waterloo Region is tightening land-use controls to limit urban sprawl.

The affected lands, to the west, north and south of local cities, are already barred from development by current regulations. The new proposal would add more protection by designating the lands as “protected countryside” in the regional official plan. “There’s a strong will to protect those lands,” Regional Chair Ken Seiling said.

Council says the countryside restriction will help protect groundwater recharge, preserve farmland, protect environmental areas, and restrain urban sprawl. It’s part of a larger plan to direct suburban growth east of Kitchener, and put 40 per cent of future homes into existing neighbourhoods.

Environmentalist David Wellhauser is upset that politicians voted against extending the countryside designation to 1,327 vacant hectares in south-west Kitchener. Farmers and developers own the lands, near Fischer-Hallman and New Dundee roads.

Public open houses launch this week to explain the change to affected landowners.


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