Amend Minister’s Regulation 827 under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act to add a property in Grey County to the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area
Ontario Regulation 235/10
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act
Summary of Decision:
The proposal was implemented by O. Reg. 235/10 (Boundaries of the Niagara Escarpment Planning Area). This regulation was filed by the Registrar of Regulations on June 14, 2010 and was published in the Ontario Gazette on July 3, 2010.
September 17, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Minister of Natural Resources is proposing to amend Minister’s under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA) to add 80 hectares (ha) (Lot 19, Concession VI) in the Township of Grey Highlands, Grey County to the Niagara Escarpment (NE) Planning Area.
Addition of lands to the NE Planning Area is a legal prerequisite of the NEPDA to the subsequent initiation of a NE Plan amendment to consider the addition of some or all of the lands in the NE Planning Area to the NE Plan Area. The consideration of a NE Plan amendment is a separate and subsequent process prescribed under the NEPDA. The final decision on the NE Plan amendment made by the Minister or Cabinet will determine if all or part of this property should be added to the NE Plan Area and which land use designations will be placed on any lands added.
The landowner has requested, and the Niagara Escarpment Commission has independently recommended to the Minister, that the property be added to the NE Planning Area. The lands are suitable for addition to the NE Planning Area (and then for consideration for addition to the NE Plan Area) as they are physically part of the Niagara Escarpment and are located on top of the Escarpment approximately 600 m from the Escarpment Brow. The property also contains 10 ha of a larger, provincially significant wetland, separated by 15 ha of pockets of natural forest. The wetland is one headwater area for the Bighead River, a coldwater stream. The remainder of the land (55 ha) is in agricultural use and exhibits a typical rural landscape for that region. Based on the purpose and objectives of the NEPDA, all of these natural and cultural landscape (rural) features on the Escarpment are appropriate for inclusion in the Planning Area and for subsequent consideration for addition to the NE Plan Area.
There are no environmental or land use control impacts to adding the lands to the NE Planning Area as the existing land use controls (municipal official plan and zoning by-law subject to the Provincial Policy Statement) will remain in place. The addition does not impact on any adjacent properties or landowners.
Niagara Escarpment Program Team Leader
Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water Street
Robinson Place North Tower
July 1, 2010