Several Golden Horseshoe municipalities are bucking Ontario’s ambitious sprawl-busting plan by submitting local plans that contradict its goals, says a report by the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.

Others have slowed the process by missing a crucial deadline.

The report warns if the government doesn’t stand up to these local challenges, its internationally lauded Places to Grow plan could be derailed — leading to unchecked development, worse congestion, and a deteriorating quality of life.

The report, cheekily titled Places to Sprawl, says some big regions, such as York and Peel, missed a June deadline to finalize plans conforming to provincial guidelines.

Towns and cities have been granted extensions until next summer to develop their own localized plans.

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