Natural Heritage Action Plan

About the plan

The Natural Heritage Action Plan (NHAP) will help us prioritize Guelph’s natural heritage goals and create an implementation plan for protecting our natural resources as part of complete healthy communities. The plan will create a framework for the City’s Official Plan policies specific to the natural heritage system and watershed planning.

The NHAP will include the identification and development of recommendations, studies and guidelines to maintain enhance and restore natural heritage, surface water and ground water features in Guelph. This work will also identify and inform continuous improvement opportunities for development reviews that deal with environmental planning requirements.

What is natural heritage?

Natural heritage refers to the many elements of biodiversity, including plants, animals, ecosystem types, and geological structures and formations. As part of natural heritage we aim to take the natural elements which we inherited from past generations, maintain them in good health today and bestow them to future generations.

What’s happening?

The City is starting work on the Natural Heritage Action Plan. We are currently doing a background review and defining a detailed project scope.

We are also planning community engagement opportunities for fall 2017.  Check this webpage for updates!

Background

The NHAP was presented at the March 6, 2017 Committee of a Whole and approved by City Council at the March 27, 2017. A copy of the staff report and project charter can be found below.

Related documents

For more information

Adèle Labbé
Environmental Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2563
adele.labbe@guelph.ca
April Nix
Environmental Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2718
april.nix@guelph.ca