Plan the Bruce: Natural Legacy

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Managing What We Inherited for Future Generations

Bruce County is rich in natural resources like good soil, sand and gravel, groundwater, clean beaches, forests and more. For these resources to sustain our community in the long term, management is needed. This starts with identifying where the most important resources are - then, wisely utilizing, enhancing and protecting them. Options can include preservation, creating distance between the resource and new development, and managing resources to sustain or improve value.

Good planning decisions now will ensure our natural environment is protected, balancing needs today with the greater good for generations into the future.


You're Invited to Help Plan the Bruce

To plan for our natural environment next 25 years, we're planning now. Join the effort to create an outstanding Bruce County Official Plan. What do you want to see in our future?

Stay tuned for future opportunities to get involved.


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Managing What We Inherited for Future Generations

Bruce County is rich in natural resources like good soil, sand and gravel, groundwater, clean beaches, forests and more. For these resources to sustain our community in the long term, management is needed. This starts with identifying where the most important resources are - then, wisely utilizing, enhancing and protecting them. Options can include preservation, creating distance between the resource and new development, and managing resources to sustain or improve value.

Good planning decisions now will ensure our natural environment is protected, balancing needs today with the greater good for generations into the future.


You're Invited to Help Plan the Bruce

To plan for our natural environment next 25 years, we're planning now. Join the effort to create an outstanding Bruce County Official Plan. What do you want to see in our future?

Stay tuned for future opportunities to get involved.


STAY INFORMED: Click the subscribe button to receive email notifications about this project.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for your interest in Bruce County and the Official Plan Review.

    Introduction

    Bruce County is updating the County Official Plan and we want to ensure it guides growth and development in a way that resonates with you and other stakeholders. To support this process the County completed a community visioning process, known as Bruce GPS, that resulted in a vision statement and eight guiding principles to inform the new Official Plan. Feedback on the eight guiding principles is being completed through the Plan the Bruce project. The Plan the Bruce: Natural Legacy project is based on Principle 8: “To manage natural resources wisely for future generations.”

    Your input will help us choose the best option for the for the Natural Environment System. The system includes a Natural Heritage System and Water Resource System. Your feedback will also help set policy directions for natural heritage in the County’s new Official Plan. For more information visit planthebruce.ca/natural-legacy

    Please note there is a section at the end of this survey to add additional comments. Reference to the question you are expanding on will be helpful.

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    Background

    Bruce County is embarking on a journey to a new County Official Plan. Learn more about the process in Appendix ‘A’

    This workbook is intended to help guide you to giving input and feedback on the following topics:

    • Value-based direction for stewardship of Bruce County’s natural legacy;
    • Natural Heritage System:
      1. Recommended approaches to delineating the system.
      2. Options defining features which will comprise the Natural Heritage System (N.H.S) for Bruce County;
    • Water Resource System:
      1. Options for the features which will comprise the Water Resource System (W.R.S) for Bruce County;
    • Evaluation criteria for assessing the system options; and
    • Preliminary recommendations for implementation and policy directions

    Bruce County’s Natural Legacy

    Bruce County is home to excellent landforms, shorelines and features intact natural areas, rare habitats and species uncommon within southern Ontario. Bruce County also features the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.  Many areas provide opportunities for recreation in a natural setting.

    Through the “Bruce G.P.S.” public engagement process, the community expressed that:

    • It is important to protect the County’s natural resources, including farmland, water quality, natural areas, and scenic views; and 
    • Bruce County’s rich natural resources contribute to our quality of life, economy, and health in the future. 

    Stewardship approaches in the current Official Plan

    The current Bruce County Official Plan was established in 1997 and is based on the principle of sustainable development. The major principle is to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This principle is to be used to resolve land use issues.

    Natural legacy goals in the current plan include protection and preservation of ecologically significant areas in their natural state; restoration of abandoned, neglected, or degraded lands; protection and enhancement to air, land and water quality; and protection of mineral resources for extraction now or in the future. 

    Plan objectives include identifying and protecting the County’s unique natural resources and environment, as well as listing several specific feature areas or types such as headwaters, natural areas along shorelines and rivers, and habitats of threatened and endangered species for protection. 

    Environmental mapping in the plan is based on features. Not all features are mapped; the plan relies primarily on mapped environmental hazards, Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (A.N.S.I.), and wetlands.

    The plan requires an Environmental Impact Study (E.I.S) where development is proposed in or next to certain environmental features or sensitive areas or hazard features, whether mapped or unmapped. Studies may be waived if the development is (a) subject to a duplicate or similar environmental process; (b) minor in nature; or (c) an Environmental Impact Study (E.I.S.) would serve no useful purpose. 

    The last major update of the plan was approved by the province in 2010, and pre-dates a shift in provincial guidance towards mapping natural features from a systems-based approach. 

    Stewardship approaches for our Natural Legacy

    The Natural Legacy project and the new Official Plan will result in updates to Official Plan policies and include a systems-based approach to stewarding natural and water resources to reflect provincial direction and current best practices.

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