Councillors voice grave concerns over proposed provincial growth plan policies

by Mike Robinson.

Local councillors are worried that new draft provincial growth policies might have the opposite effect in Puslinch.

On Sept. 20, Mark Paoli, Wellington County’s manager of policy planning, updated Puslinch councillors on draft Provincial Growth Plan policies regarding agricultural system, and natural heritage system.

In May, the province released updates to the Growth Plan as it affects the Greater Golden Horsehoe.

Paoli said the agricultural aspect looks at prime agricultural lands and rural lands in general.

Similar items exist in the Wellington County Official Plan but would be replaced upon conforming with the provincial policies.

Paoli, who explained the idea is to establish regional prime agricultural designations, said the province’s view of prime agricultural areas differs from the county’s official plan…

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