Presentation on theme: "Celebrate the Niagara Escarpment AWARE – April 25. 2013 CELEBRATE THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT – April 25, 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Celebrate the Niagara Escarpment AWARE – April 25. 2013 CELEBRATE THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT – April 25, 2013
Presentation Uniqueness of the Niagara Escarpment Adoption of the Niagara Escarpment Plan Challenges Renewal – Additions, Amendments and Review Role of supporters
Uniqueness of the Escarpment The Escarpment soars 510 metres (1675 ft.) at its highest point and stretches 725 km (450 miles) from Niagara to Tobermory. The Niagara Escarpment is a massive ridge of fossil-rich sedimentary rock which began its formation 450 million years ago as the outer rim of a shallow sea known geologically as the Michigan Basin.
It is a rich mosaic of forests, farms, recreation areas, scenic views, cliffs, streams, wetlands, rolling hills, waterfalls, mineral resources, wildlife habitats, historic sites, villages, towns and cities.
A special place - The Escarpment is home to more than 300 bird species, 53 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish and 100 varieties of special interest flora including 37 types of wild orchids. The Escarpment is home to almost 40% of Ontarios rare flora.
Water - Most of central Ontarios major stream valleys, streams and watersheds have as their source the wetlands at the top of the Escarpment. The quality and quantity of these streams therefore depends on preserving these wetlands, the springs that feed these streams.
Adoption of the Niagara Escarpment Plan 1960s citizens concern over aggregate development 1967 Government task force to study 1973 Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA) and the creation of the NEC 1978 Preliminary Proposals generated tremendous backlash First NEP was only 63% of the Planning Area Hearings for 26 months Approved in 1985
Niagara Escarpment Plan Purpose The purpose of this Plan is to provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment, and to ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment.
Challenges 1.Provincial Planning Context 2.Development Pressures 3.Rationalizing and developing polices to protect Natural Heritage Features 4.Do more with Less
1.Provincial Planning Context Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) Greenbelt Act, 2005 Places to Grow Act, 2005 Regional, District Official Plans Local Official Plans Natural Heritage Reference Manual
2. Developmental Pressures Pits and Quarries More intensive commercial, residential and recreational uses Energy, communications infrastructure – wind, solar, towers Protecting scenic quality, open landscape character and cultural landscapes
3. Natural Heritage Protection Net Gain and Environmental Consideration Protection of isolated features versus natural heritage systems Protecting Water Resources Incorporating Effective Environmental Monitoring
Renewal Additions Outside of the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area Within the NE Planning Area but outside of the Niagara Escarpment Plan Amendments To permit individual development To change policy or designations
NEP Review 2015 Required by the NEPDA and the Greenbelt Plan Guiding Principles Plan Review Topics Approval Process – Hearing under Environmental Review Tribunal
Role of Supporters First, understand the issues as well as possible -contact the communications staff, the web site, the responsible staff; etc., DO YOUR HOMEWORK While recognizing the limitations of the agency, express your support or dissatisfaction through your local commissioners, directly to the NEC and MPPs; NEP provides a level of protection to landowners but it is also a resource for the whole Province so work through your existing memberships – Bruce Trail Conservancy, Federation of Ontario Nature, AWARE etc., Form a group of like-minded persons to work at all levels to achieve your objectives But be aware of your limitations, burn out and needs Respect others for their opinions, their ability to offer support etc.,
Sometimes what appears like a road block – is only an up hill climb