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Lot Creation in Ontario's Agricultural Landscapes: Trends, Impacts and Policy Implications

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Title: Lot Creation in Ontario's Agricultural Landscapes: Trends, Impacts and Policy Implications
Author: Churchyard, Arthur
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Caldwell, Wayne
Abstract: Thousands of residential lots have fragmented agricultural landscapes and limited farm development in the province of Ontario, Canada. In 1996 and 2005, Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) increased restrictions on lot creation in prime agricultural areas. To determine effectiveness of the 1996 and 2005 policy changes, this research analyzes the number and type of lots created per year from 1990-2009 in the agricultural designations of 102 Ontario municipalities. Results indicate that residential lot creation rates have indeed decreased in agricultural designations at almost twice the rate of decreases in other designations. Both the 1996 and 2005 policy statements were followed by 48% and 59% decreases in residential lot creation, respectively (based on average number of lots created per year in each policy period). These findings suggest that provincial-scale planning policies can effectively reduce lot creation rates. Despite decreased rates, cumulative impacts of residential lot creation continue to threaten agricultural viability.
Description: This thesis is part of a broader study carried out within the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, focusing on the impacts of rural non-farm development on agriculture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2859
Date: 2011-08
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