Greenway Municipal Planning
In the spring of 2014, Ontario Nature released Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning. This guide promotes a strategic approach to land-use planning which addresses biodiversity loss and prepares for the uncertainties of climate change. The guide is a tool to help communities to effectively protect greenway systems that create resilient communities and promote ecological sustainability.
The Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning draws on more than 50 examples of strong policies from over 20 municipalities. These policies help to protect and enhance the many benefits that nature provides including flood control, pollination, water purification and improved air quality.
Ontario Nature hosted four workshops attended by more than 140 planners and other professionals in London, Toronto, Port Hope and Collingwood. Participants represented over 35 municipalities, 13 Conservation Authorities, 12 consulting firms, four provincial ministries/agencies and dozens of community groups.
Below are PDFs of the presentation materials:
- “Ontario Nature’s Greenway Program and Natural Heritage Systems Planning”
- “Natural Heritage and the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement”
- “Overview of Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning”
- “Natural Heritage Systems and Health”
- “Natural Heritage Systems and Ecosystem Services”
- “Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Work on Natural Heritage Strategy”
- “Natural Heritage Systems Mapping at Upper Thames River Conservation Authority”
- “Terrestrial Natural Heritage System Strategy at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority”