MP Erin O’Toole and FCM Announce Support for Clarington’s Plan for Sustainable Neighbourhood Growth
Clarington, ON – Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, Ontario, and Claude Dauphin, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the Borough of Lachine, City of Montréal, Quebec, today announced a Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) grant for the Municipality of Clarington. The $140,250 in funding will be used by Clarington for the development of a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan.
“Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund,” said MP O’Toole. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government, in partnership with FCM, is helping communities like Clarington build a greener future for all of us.”
To responsibly manage strong local population growth, the Municipality of Clarington will prepare a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP). The plan will set a new standard for residential development that prioritizes sustainability, promotes innovation and improves the community’s quality of life.
“The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments,” said Dauphin. “The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”
Clarington’s SNAP will identify goals, targets and criteria for the design and construction of “green” homes and neighbourhoods within new developments and existing areas in the municipality. It will involve a review of current land development policies, processes and guidelines, and will consider incentives that encourage a more sustainable approach to residential development. The project will support the development of compact and complete neighbourhoods that use resources, such as energy, water and land more efficiently. In addition, it will provide an opportunity to address local climate change and infrastructure challenges, support improved health outcomes and service efficiencies, and reduce operating costs for homeowners. The SNAP will support Clarington’s Strategic Plan and Green Community Strategy, and aligns with municipal, regional and provincial growth plans and policies.
The SNAP requires a collaborative approach that brings together land developers, builders, residents, government agencies, post-secondary institutions, utilities, and community groups. Fostering collaboration was a key goal of a project partner symposium held by Clarington. On October 31, 2013, municipal council, staff, project partners and community leaders came together for an inspiring and thought-provoking day of learning from some of Ontario’s leaders in sustainable building and neighbourhood design.
Members of the community will be involved in developing the SNAP and they will be invited to provide input on goals, targets, guidelines, policies and incentives for the green homes and neighbourhoods planned throughout the project. Public information sessions, a project website, a social media campaign, and focus groups with stakeholders, including residents, developers and builders, will be scheduled to seek input and foster discussion.
“Receiving support from FCM through the SNAP process furthers Clarington’s quest to create communities that are healthier for its people and the ecosystem that sustains them,” said Adrian Foster, Mayor of the Municipality of Clarington. “This collaborative project embraces the important role that municipalities can take in advancing sustainability. The outcomes of Clarington’s SNAP will send the message that green neighbourhoods are the preferred type of development proposal in Clarington and will be an example of local planning for global stewardship.”
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.
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