Schollen & Company Inc.
PLANNING AND ANALYSIS – Regional Merit
The project breaks new ground in the realm of environmental and land use planning because it establishes within Markham the vision for a natural heritage network (NHN) that is designed to expand upon existing features and functions within the objective of offsetting the anticipated impacts of future urbanization within the Town. The Environmental Policy Review and Consolidation (EPRC) will establish a system of protected lands with a view to ensuring that a healthy, diverse and functional natural heritage system persists within the Town for generations to come. The NHN to be realized through the implementation of the policy framework set out in the EPRC is comprised not only of existing natural heritage features but also includes tive new “core areas of biodiversity” and inter-subwatershed connectors to be established on presently largely unforested lands.
The EPRC will be implemented through an amendment to the Town’s Official Plan.