Media Releases

Halton and Burlington Successful in Resolving
Niagara to GTA Corridor Issue after Meeting
with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Release Date: Feb 8, 11

Regional Chair Gary Carr along with Mayor Rick Goldring of Burlington met with the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to discuss proposed amendments to the new Halton Region Official Plan. Official Plans are the land use planning documents required to guide growth in municipalities.

The main issue discussed at that meeting related to the Provincial requirement to include transportation corridors in the Regional Official Plan. One such corridor was a proposed route for the Niagara to GTA highway. It was the view of Halton and Burlington that the inclusion of this corridor would predetermine the findings of future environmental assessments for long term transportation needs.

“We had a very successful meeting with Minister Bartolucci,” said Regional Chair Carr. “Over the last several months we have listened to the residents of Burlington and the broader Halton Community and have voiced our collective concerns that this road did not belong in our official plan. As a result of the discussion with Minister Bartolucci, I am pleased that the Minister shares our view and that the highway will not appear in our Official Plan.

“I am very pleased with Minister Bartolucci’s decision and I know Burlington residents are as well,” said Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington. “This is an important first step in a two stage process. It is important now for us to be diligent to watch the Environmental Assessment process, while continuing to dialogue with our community.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of MPP Ted McMeekin for his efforts in resolving the issue,” said Chair Carr.

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