Natural heritage planning focusses on maintaining, restoring and enhancing ecosystems and natural environments throughout the landscape. Most often this planning occurs in developed and developing landscapes as required by provincial plans and includes the application of plan policies through the development of natural heritage systems for conservation authorities and municipalities. Natural heritage planning is also implemented at the watershed and sub-watershed scale, the secondary plan scale and the site-specific scale through environmental assessments and environmental impact assessments.
Beacon applies its expertise in inventory and assessment, mapping, policy review and planning to identify science-based natural heritage systems at different scales. Beacon’s approach to natural heritage planning builds on the firm’s technical expertise, solid understanding of the applicable legislation and policies, and balanced perspective based on experience in both the public and private sectors.
- Review and development of natural heritage system policies
- Development and analysis of natural heritage system mapping using GIS
- Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan conformity studies
- Review of habitat and species information in the scientific and technical literature
- Consultation with technical groups, stakeholders and the public
- Indigenous Peoples engagement
- Technical support for Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Municipal Board, Environmental Assessment Board and Mining and Lands Commission hearings