In the Town of Caledon Official Plan, ecosystem consideration is a top priority in the land use decision making process, in order to protect, enhance and restore Caledon's natural landscape.
Below is a brief overview of Ecosystem Objectives and Planning Strategy. (For more information please refer to Section 3.1 of the Official Plan.)
Integrity Objectives: Protection, maintenance, and, as appropriate, enhancement and restoration of communities and ecosystem attributes, values, functions and processes.
- Ensure the ecosystem is a primary basis for consideration in land use planning decisions;
- Create ecosystem appropriate policies and programs;
- Foster education and awareness of Caledon's environment;
- Develop policies with respect to ongoing human interactions with the natural environment;
- Coordinate environmental programs and policies with outside organizations and agencies;
- Promote ecosystem based philosophies at all levels of government; and
- Ensure natural hazards are addressed in the planning process.
Ecosystem Planning Strategy
The strategy is comprised of:
- Four ecosystem components: natural core areas, natural corridors, supportive natural systems and natural linkages;
- Environmental Performance Measures (established for each component of the ecosystem framework);
- Environmental Impact Studies and Management Plans. These are mechanism to assess proposals with regards to the Town's ecosystem principles and performance measures.
- Greenways Strategy: to connect ecosystem principles and the need to explore and identify compatible recreational and open space opportunities
- Protection of Scenic Natural Landscapes: for the management of the relationship between human settlement on the environment