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

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dc.contributor.advisor Caldwell, Wayne Churchyard, Arthur 2011-08-24T21:04:42Z 2012-05-01T05:00:07Z 2011-08 2011-08-08 2011-08-24
dc.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. en_US
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Ontario Graduate Scholarship; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ontario Agricultural College en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject property en_US
dc.subject severance en_US
dc.subject land use planning en_US
dc.subject rural en_US
dc.subject Ontario en_US
dc.title Lot Creation in Ontario's Agricultural Landscapes: Trends, Impacts and Policy Implications en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Rural Planning and Development en_US Master of Science (Planning) en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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