In November 2015, Council adopted Official Plan Amendment 262 which amends the environmental policies of the Plan pertaining to climate change and energy, the natural environment, green infrastructure and designates new environmentally significant areas (ESAs). This amendment strengthens the existing environmental policies and encompasses new priorities that have emerged since the adoption of the last Official Plan.
Highlights of OPA 262
- Recognition of the importance of climate change and the need to reduce green house gas emissions and build a city that is resilient to changing weather;
- Policies to encourage energy conservation, efficiency and resiliency;
- Definition of green infrastructure and policies to encourage green infrastructure (including tree planting, storm water management systems and green roofs;
- Enhancement to strengthen existing policies on the natural environment and explain Bird Friendly, Light Pollution and Biodiversity; and
- Designation of 68 new environmentally significant areas (ESAs) and additions to 14 existing ESAs.
The amendment is now Council policy but still requires approval of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. A link to the staff report which documents the final proposed policy changes resulting from the final round of consultation and the approved Official Plan Amendment, including an attachment showing the policy changes within excerpts of the affected sections of the Official Plan, is provided below under '2015 – Approved Policies and Designations'.
In June 2015, Council directed staff to prepare a Final Recommendations Report with a proposed Official Plan Amendment containing revised policies and ESA designations to be submitted to the Planning and Growth Management Committee at its September 2015 meeting, and that the report be considered at a Special Statutory Public Meeting on October 8, 2015. A link to the staff report is provided below under '2015 - Special Statutory Public Meeting'.
In June 2015, Council directed that revised policies and ESA designations be endorsed as the basis for public consultation at an open house in June 2015. Links to the proposed policies and designations and the materials used in the consultations are provided below under '2015 - Proposed Policy Changes and Open House'.
In August 2014, Council approved draft revisions to the Official Plan environmental policies and Planning and Growth Management Committee authorized proposed ESAs as the basis for public consultations that followed in fall 2014. Links to the reports on the draft policies and proposed ESA designations, the materials used in the consultations, and a consultation summary are provided below under '2014 – Draft Policy Changes and Consultation'.
2015 - Approved Policies and Designations
Staff report: Official Plan Five Year Review: Final Recommendation Report - Amendments to the Official Plan Environmental Policies and Designation of Environmentally Significant Areas: PGM 7.2 October 8, 2015
2015 - Special Statutory Public Meeting
Staff report: Official Plan Five Year Review: Amendments to the Official Plan Environmental Policies and Proposed Designation of Environmentally Significant Areas – Final Recommendation Report: PGM September 16, 2015
2015 - Proposed Policy Changes and Open House:
Staff Report: Official Plan Review: Results of Public Consultations, Revised Environmental Policies and Proposed Designation of Environmentally Significant Areas: PGM May 14, 2015
Open House Display Panels
Open House Presentation
2014 - Draft Policy Changes and Consultation
Staff Report: Official Plan Review Draft Environmental Policies: PGM August 7, 2014
Environmentally Significant Areas - Proposed Official Plan Amendment: PGM August 7, 2014
Consultation Display Panels