Jul 30, 2014
New funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will allow the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System partners to develop management plans for five of the six core Heritage Lands areas of the ecopark system. A plan for the sixth Heritage Lands area, Burlington Heights, is nearly complete - please see the Burlington Heights Plan page on this website for more information.
Plans will address protection and sustainable use of natural and culutral heritage resources; pressures and issues of concern identified by the partner agencies, stakeholders and the public; recreation, education and research opportunities that are compatible with preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the area; infrastructure maintenance, creation and decommissioning; infrastructure maintenance, creation and decommissioning; and criteria and indicators for evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of the plans.
Preparation of the plans will involve research and analysis of each Heritage Lands area’s chronology and features, consultation with stakeholders and the local community, and an understanding of adjacent land uses, future projects and potential threats to the area. Plans will include designation of land classifications and zones on partner-owned properties within the Heritage Lands areas. On all other properties within the Heritage Lands areas, existing land use zoning, legislation and regulations will continue to apply.
Development of the plans will take place in sequence over the next five years. Community and stakeholder engagement is an important aspect of plan development, and will occur via public meetings, formation of stakeholder advisory committees and other stakeholder engagement, and sharing of plan documents on this website.