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Region seeks input on climate change

Durham Region wants public opinion on its policy about climate change.

The region’s planning division has released its Climate Change and Sustainability Discussion Paper for the public, the second discussion paper for Envision Durham, the region’s Municipal Comprehensive Review of the Durham Regional Official Plan (ROP).

The public is invited to provide input through a series of discussion questions to help inform the region’s process.

The Climate Change and Sustainability Discussion Paper provides an overview of current climate change policy in the ROP and examines policy considerations that may have a role in supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The discussion paper is available for public input until August 5 and is available at

The region believes Envision Durham is an opportunity to plan for change, by replacing the current ROP and establishing a progressive and forward-looking planning vision for the region to 2041.

As council’s core planning document, guiding regional decision-making on long-term growth and development, the ROP provides policies to ensure an improved quality of life. The region’s vision is to create healthy and complete, sustainable communities within the region, and shape Durham into a great place to live, work, play, grow and invest.

The first discussion paper (Agriculture and Rural System) was released on March 5 and remains available for public input to June 3.

Additional discussion papers on the various components of Growth Management, the Environment and Greenlands System, the Transportation System, and Housing, will be released throughout 2019.