Doug Ford government held talks with PC donor on removing Greenbelt land

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By Mike Crawley, CBC News Ottawa, September 9, 2019

The Ontario government spent nearly a year in talks with a developer about a pitch to build housing in the province's Greenbelt, despite Premier Doug Ford's promise not to touch the protected area, CBC News has learned.

The discussions involved a 60-hectare property in the northeastern corner of Vaughan. The land is owned by a family whose members have donated more than $100,000 to the Progressive Conservative party in recent years, including to Ford's 2018 leadership bid.

The land is currently covered by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, legislation that protects a zone across the northern fringes of the Greater Toronto Area, forming part of the province's Greenbelt.