Make Sure You Have Your Say in Developing a Climate Change Plan for Niagara Region

Deadline for Public Comments on Climate Plan is December 31st, 2019

A Link for a Copy of Niagara Region’s Climate Plan Discussion Paper is Available Below

A Call-Out from Macie Jacklin and Community Voices of Fort Erie, a citizens group now fighting to keep urban development from despoiling one of Niagara, Ontario’s beloved natural heritage sites, Waverly Woods

Posted December 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Hello everyone,

Niagara residents, there is an opportunity for you to provide feedback on the Niagara Region’s climate change report. This report was prepared as part of the review of the Niagara Region Official Plan.

Go to – https://www.niagararegion.ca/official-plan/default.aspx

To read the Climate Change discussion paper, click on – https://www.niagararegion.ca/projects/rural-and-natural-systems/pdf/climate-change-discussion-paper.pdf

This is a great opportunity for the public to show their support for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

For the second time in three years, walls of sandbags were used to protect St. Catharines’ popular Lakeside Beach and park, and the historic carousel in it from near record-high waters in the lower Great Lakes. File photo by Doug Draper

I draw your attention to section 5.4 page 29. This may be an opportunity to increase pollution controls, create a fact based Natural Heritage System; stronger protection for endangered species and habitats such as wetlands and an enforceable Tree By-law.

The importance of protecting wetlands, woodlands, to mitigating climate change, flood control and carbon sequestering is critically important. Certainly having professional planning staff with specializations in climate change would be valuable for the community.

The  Climate Change Discussion Paper for the new Niagara Official Plan is available for comment until Dec. 31, 2019

The climate change discussion paper explores:

  • Recent research on climate change
  • – Impacts in Niagara
  • – How land use planning relates to climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • – Provincial requirements to integrate climate change into official plans 

To provide your comments or feedback on Niagara Region’s Climate Plan Discussion Paper you can forward them by clicking on the following link – https://www.niagararegion.ca/official-plan/provide-feedback.aspx

How can you help Save Waverly Woods?

One look at a popular walking trail inside Waverly Woods, a home for a rich abundance of wildlife

* Donate to help us cover our legal and expert cost at this link https://www.forterievoices.org/donation or send a donation to Community Voices of Fort Erie, P.O. Box 273, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S0.

All donations go towards our legal and expert costs.

* Share the petition with others https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods Can we get to 5200 signatures by December 1st?  An alternative is to join our email BLAST list by sending your email and name to cvferie@gmail.com

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