Niagara Region to Reassume Environmental Planning Responsibilities in 13-1 Vote
WELLAND, Ont. (January 11, 2018)—The decision to have Niagara Region reassume its provincially-mandated planning responsibilities carried in a 13-1 vote at yesterday’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting.
Throughout 2017, after dozens of stakeholder meetings hosted by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Board Chair Sandy Annunziata and the NPCA, it became obvious that the current Planning Services Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was no longer working to the benefit of those whom it was initially intended to serve. The province has implemented multiple changes since the MOU was created in 2007.
“Over the years our perceived responsibilities kept on expanding, and the conservation authority became a dumping ground for environmental issues outside of our mandate. Whoever owns the policy should interpret and administer the policy,” stated Annunziata. “Making sure we respect our core mandate as prescribed by the Provincial Policy Statement will continue to be our primary focus, along with managing our over 2,870 hectares of sensitive and unique natural areas in Niagara."
“Through the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2014-2017 we looked at every facet of how the organization was run, and it was evident that we were taking on responsibilities that were way beyond the scope of our mandate,” said CAO Mark Brickell. “This passing back of responsibility should further clarify that we are neither pro, nor anti-development, we are simply the regulators. These changes provide much-needed clarity to the NPCA’s role in the development and narrows our area of jurisdiction to where it is intended to be.”
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The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the watershed, with programs that focus on initiatives that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion— while retaining our drinking water safe to drink.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is a registered charitable organization.
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