Mitigating and adapting to climate change through land use planning
Land use planning can help communities adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change. The way we organize and design our communities can help reduce energy use and emissions and gives community members more choices.
Why is climate change in the Halton Regional Official Plan?
Halton Region and all municipalities in Ontario are responsible for helping improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. It is important that there is clean air and a healthy environment today and for future generations.
Halton Region implements its planning vision through policies in its ROP.
What policies are in the Regional Official Plan now?
The ROP policies are based on the building blocks of sustainable development that balance the needs of today without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations.
Land use policies in the Regional Official Plan can help reduce greenhouse gases and lessen the impacts of climate change by guiding the development of our communities to become:
- energy efficient
- transit supportive
The ROP policies also promote energy and water conservation and support the use of renewable resources.
Why are we reviewing the Regional Official Plan?
Halton Region, like all municipalities in Ontario, is required to review and update their Official Plan to be consistent with and conforming to provincial policies and plans.
A review of land use policies will make sure the ROP:
What climate change adaptation and mitigation policies are we reviewing?
We are reviewing land use policies in the ROP to sustain the health of our communities for future generations. We will also make sure the policies are in line with the Province’s on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies.
Halton Region is working with the Province and local municipalities to adapt to climate change. Halton has a leadership role in establishing a regional approach to climate change and will be looking to direction from the province to guide adaptation and mitigation policies.
Local climate change initiatives: