Cheaper housing, more local decision making and strengthening employment hubs.
Those are some of the proposals from the Ford government as they offer up changes to the growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
The government is putting forward a series of changes, all subject to a 45 day consultation period, followed by a series of roundtables.
Among the changes is breaking up the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area into a subset of regions.
Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says this will give local governments more say.
“We made a significant change from what the previous government had, they had a one size fits all approach and we decided one size fits all didn’t work. We have to have some variation,” Clark said.
The Greater Golden Horseshoe Area takes in everywhere from small rural settings like Glen Alda in Peterborough County to Port Dover in Haldimand County and everything in between.
Liberty Village on the western edge of old Toronto and Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie have very different needs.
Clark says their proposals, developed by bringing municipal officials, developers and environmentalists together last fall, will help address the various needs of the communities.