Agricultural System and Natural Heritage System Consultation
July 18, 2017 at 1:08 PM
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have posted the proposed Agricultural System in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the proposed criteria, methods and mapping for the Natural Heritage System in the Growth Plan area for public comment on the Environmental Registry.
The advisory panel for the coordinated review, chaired by David Crombie, recommended that Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) work with municipalities and stakeholders to develop an Agricultural System across the Greater Golden Horseshoe to support the viability of Ontario’s agri-food sector and protect farmland.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was identified as the lead to draft criteria, methods and develop mapping for the NHS for the Greater Golden Horseshoe beyond the Greenbelt Plan.
As a result of these recommendations, OMAFRA and MNRF have posted the proposed Agricultural System and the proposed criteria, methods and mapping for the Natural Heritage System for public comment on the Environmental Registry.
Click here for the Agricultural System posting (EBR# 013-0968) and the Natural Heritage System posting (EBR# 013-1014).
Comments on the draft Agricultural System and the proposed criteria, methods and mapping of the Natural Heritage System are welcome between July 6 and October 4, 2017.
The province will also be hosting Public Open Houses to provide opportunities to learn more and provide input on the proposed Agricultural and Natural Heritage Systems.
Three open houses will be held at the following times and locations. Pre-registration is not required.
- Guelph, July 20, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Holiday Inn, 601 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph, N1G 3E7
- Town of East Gwillimbury, August 17, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street, Mount Albert, L0G 1M0
- Peterborough, September 12, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, 150 George Street, Peterborough, K9J 3G5
For further information on the consultations, please visit http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/landuse/agsys-ggh.htm.
OSSGA’s committees will be working to review these proposals. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Scott at 647 727 8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.