The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act requires that the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) be reviewed every 10 years.

For the first time, the review of the NEP is being coordinated with the reviews of three other provincial plans: The Greenbelt Plan, The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Together, these four provincial land use plans work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb urban sprawl and protect the natural environment. 

The Ontario government has communicated its intention to release the final four plans in early 2017. If your Development Permit Application is in the process of being assessed when the new plan takes effect, it will be assessed according to the new plan guidelines. 

Bookmark this page to stay informed about any updates related to the Co-ordinated Review or how the new changes might affect your Development Permit Application.

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Updates on the Niagara Escarpment Plan Review 

NOV 2016: After thoroughly reviewing all feedback, the Niagara Escarpment Commission is recommending that no additions be made to the Niagara Escarpment Plan at this time.  Furthermore, any additions to the NEP Area should be considered after a more extensive provincially-led consultation process to grow the Greenbelt.  Read the staff report endorsed by the Commission.

DEC 2016:
The Commission discussed final recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on Policy Revisions to the Niagara Escarpment Plan.  Read the following Commission-endorsed reports:

Final Recommendations to the Minister regarding Policy Revisions
Final Summaries of Policy Revisions as endorsed by the Commission
Final Secondary Dwelling Unit policy as endorsed by the Commission Addendum February 16, 2017

JAN/FEB 2017: The NEC dealt with site specific amendments proposals in January.  To view the NEC staff reports on the 62 Site Specific Amendments that were considered by the Commission, click the link listed below:

Site Specific Amendments to the Niagara Escarpment Plan

Minutes from the NEC meetings in January – which contain recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the site specific amendments.

- At the February meeting, the NEC will be confirming their final recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry regarding the NEP maps.  The maps are based on designation criteria and site specific amendments previously endorsed by the Commission.  To view the draft maps, please click the link listing below:

Final Recommended Niagara Escarpment Plan Maps


Timeline

2013 – 2015

  • The NEC prepares a series of discussion papers to inform the legislated 10-year review of the NEP.

February 2015

  • The government launches the Coordinated Review process, with the release of its Discussion Document called: Our Region, Our Community, Our Home.
  • This marks the first time that all four provincial plans that manage land-use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the NEP Area are reviewed together.
  • Government appoints Advisory Panel chaired by David Crombie.
  • A 90-day consultation period, including regional town hall meetings, begins.

May 2015

  • The NEC makes a submission to the Advisory Panel and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, which forms the Commission’s advice to government at that stage in the process.

December 2015

May 2016

  • The government releases the four proposed plans, including the NEP, for the second phase of consultation under the Coordinated Review process.
  • This includes a series of open houses, technical briefings, and First Nation and Metis consultations.
  • Two of the open houses, in Mulmur and Owen Sound, are hosted by the NEC and focused on the NEP exclusively.

October 2016

  • The phase II consultation period under the Coordinated Review process concludes.
  • More than 1,000 comments are received on the draft NEP.

November 2016

  • NEC begins finalizing its recommendations to the Minister on the NEP, based on feedback received during the second phase of public consultation.
  • NEC recommendations will be discussed over the course of three Commission meetings:
    • NOV 2016: After thoroughly reviewing all feedback, the Niagara Escarpment Commission recommended that no additions be made to the Niagara Escarpment Plan at this time.  Furthermore, any additions to the NEP Area should be considered after a more extensive provincially-led consultation process to grow the Greenbelt.  Read the staff report endorsed by the Commission.
    • DEC 2016: The Commission discussed final recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on Policy Revisions to the Niagara Escarpment Plan.  Read the staff report.
    • JAN 2017: The NEC will be finalizing its recommendation on site specific amendments proposals.

Early 2017

  • The Ontario government has communicated its intention to release the final four plans in early 2017.

The Ontario government has the responsibility for finalizing changes to the NEP through the Coordinated Review Process.  


Proposed Amendments to the NEP

In May 2016, the Ontario government released the proposed amendments to the NEP.  To download these documents, please click on the following links:


Reference Materials

 

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