Early in 2015 the Province of Ontario began a Coordinated Land Use Planning Review encompassing an assessment of four land use plans:

- the Greenbelt Plan
- the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
- the Niagara Escarpment Plan and
- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The Province appointed an Advisory Panel for this Coordinated Review, chaired by David Crombie, to develop recommendations on how to amend and improve the plans. That panel undertook months of public consultation (including town hall meetings and submissions from citizens and organizations) and released its final report December 7th, 2015.

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Download the Report:
Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 - 2041 [PDF 25MB].

View the report's Executive Summary

Download the Summary of the Town Hall Meetings [PDF 1MB]

Visit the Province's Coordinated Land Use Planning Review website:



The Bruce Trail lies within the Niagara Escarpment Planning area, which (like the Trail) stretches from Niagara to Tobermory. While the other plans in this review may have some relevance, it is primarily the Niagara Escarpment Plan that impacts the Bruce Trail and the BTC. The Plan defines the Bruce Trail as a "Permitted Use" within the plan area and includes provisions to ensure that the route of the Trail is considered during land use and development application reviews.

While the Niagara Escarpment Plan has been supportive in advancing the mission of the BTC, both in the area of land preservation as well as in placement of the Trail on public lands, there are improvements that can be made.  In particular we need to ensure that the existing rights and role of the Bruce Trail are upheld, and work to improve the Plan to address issues of concern to the BTC.


In May 2015 the Bruce Trail Conservancy submitted formal written comments to the Advisory Panel which outline how the work of the BTC supports the goals of the Coordinated Review and calls for:

1. Funding for land preservation on the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve
2. Improved severance processes, so that land can be preserved more efficiently and affordably
3. Permanent pedestrian access to public lands, so that residents and tourists can remain connected to nature and engaged in its protection


BTC Coordinated Review submission cover Read the BTC's Submission to the Coordinated Review >>
(.pdf, 1.4 MB, May 2015)


Thank you to all our fantastic Bruce Trail supporters who made their voices heard in the first phase of the Coordinated Review by attending the Province's town hall meetings and writing emails and letters to the Advisory Panel.


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If you have any questions regarding the Bruce Trail Conservancy's role in the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, please contact Beth Gilhespy, Bruce Trail Conservancy Executive Director, at, or at 1-800-665-4453 ext. 23.

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