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Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement regarding land use planning in the part of Pickering known as Seaton.

"I am issuing a notice of proposed amendments to the Central Pickering Development Plan (CPDP). This provincial plan envisions a sustainable urban community in Seaton, integrated with a thriving agricultural community in the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve and an extensive Natural Heritage System.

The goals of the plan include the provision of a range of housing types and densities and high-quality employment opportunities in Seaton, as well as a viable and permanent natural eco-system, including farm land and green spaces. The plan is part of the government's overall strategy to promote sustainable development in the 905 region.

This action supports the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which is benefiting Ontarians through the creation of jobs, better services, environmental sustainability, and healthier communities. We want Durham Region to reap these benefits with the development of Seaton.

The proposed amendments to the Central Pickering Development Plan are intended to bring predictability to the land use planning of the area. There will be a consultation on the proposals, and I am looking forward to receiving the views of all interested parties.

Also today, I have declared a provincial interest in the matters currently before the Ontario Municipal Board regarding Seaton. I believe there are matters of provincial interest under the Planning Act that are, or likely to be, adversely affected."

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