Environmentalists, developers watch closely as the region goes to court over extent of sprawl

WATERLOO REGION — Environmentalists are watching closely as the Region of Waterloo goes to court to defend its vision of a more urban, walkable and transit-supported landscape from developers who want to build more car-dependent suburbs. A recent decision handed down by a provincial tribunal sided with the developers, opening up 1,053 hectares (2,593 acres) of land for new housing between now and 2031. The region wanted to keep that expansion down to 85 hectares (197 acres).

The region announced earlier this week it will ask the Divisional Court to overturn that ruling. At the same time it will ask the tribunal — the Ontario Municipal Board — for a rehearing.

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