Draft Updated Policy Document and Upcoming Open Houses

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has been working on updating its guiding policy document, currently titled “Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for the Administration of Ontario Regulation 155/06 and Land Use Planning Policy Document (2011)". The Policy Document lays out the NPCA’s commitment to a watershed-based planning approach and is used by the NPCA to make decisions related to land-use and environmental planning. A draft of the new document, titled “The Living Landscape Policies”, will be presented to the public at a series of upcoming open house events. The document can be downloaded by clicking the button below:

Please provide your comments on the Participate page. The deadline for comments on the draft Living Landscape Policy Document has been extended to December 31, 2017:

The open house events are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wellandport Community Centre, 
5024 Regional Road #63, Wellandport, ON L0R 2J0

Thursday May 25, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Glen Elgin Room - Balls Falls Centre for Conservation, 
3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0

Monday May 29, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Welland Community Wellness Complex,
145 Lincoln St, Welland, ON L3B 6E1

Thursday June 1, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Multi-purpose Room D/E - MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Rd, 
Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3

Tuesday June 13, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Sean Jackson Community (Meridian) Room - Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre
240 St. Paul St. West
St. Catharines, ON  L2R 7L2

We encourage all residents across the Peninsula to come out and talk to us about the new document, what’s different, and how we can work together towards a stronger and more resilient watershed. For more information, please contact:

Suzanne McInnes, MCIP, RPP
Manager Plan Review and Regulations
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road, 3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario L3C 3W2
Telephone: (905) 788-3135 x235
Email: smcinnes@npca.ca

Can't attend in person?  Click on the link below to download a copy of the information panels and be sure to send us your feedback by visiting the Participate page.

Living Landscape Policy Project Discussion Paper

As part of Phase 2 of the Living Landscape Policy Project, the project team has completed a Discussion Paper.  The purpose of the paper is to present the themes, issues and opportunities to be addressed in the Living Landscape Policy Project.  It is intended to provide direction for the broad range of policy changes and modifications to be considered for updating the NPCA’s Policy Document.

We need your feedback on the Discussion Paper.  The items discussed in this paper are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all issues and opportunities; rather, they are intended to form a starting point for understanding some of the aspects of the NPCA’s policies which need to be revised or enhanced. The expectation is that further consultation with stakeholders, agencies and the public will identify further opportunities for improvement.

Download the paper here and visit the Participate page to provide your comments.  Please provide your comments by September 30, 2016.

Spring 2016 Update

On March 23, 2016, the Living Landscape project team provided the NPCA Board with an update on the Policy Project, highlights of consultation and engagement activities to date, and an outline of next steps for the project.  Click here to download a PDF copy of the presentation.

We are approaching the end of Phase 2 of the Project: Visioning & Policy Gap Analysis.  Later this Spring, a Discussion Paper covering issues and opportunities will be released and the project team will be looking for public feedback on the document.  Stay tuned for updates and remember to sign up for our contact list on the Participate page.

Also, we would like to congratulate Jerry, winner of our draw for the Ball's Falls print pictured below.  Thank you to all who completed the community vision survey and entered your name into the draw.

The Living Landscape 2015 Year in Review

Between October and December of 2015, the NPCA had the opportunity to engage the public in the first phase of the Living Landscape Policy Project.  A series of pop-up consultation booths were set up at various community events across the watershed to share information with the public and gather feedback through a community vision survey.  The intention of this first phase of community consultation was to notify residents about the Living Landscape project and to gather information from the public that will inform the NPCA’s review of their development guidance document and land use planning policies. 

A total of seven events were held in Phase 1 of the Living Landscape Project. The pop-up style consultation events began at the 41st Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival in early October.  On November 5th, the NPCA set up an information booth at the St. Catharines Farmers Market and engaged community members and food vendors by distributing over 60 handouts about the project.  With over 1,000 visitors on average, the St. Catharines Farmers market provided the NPCA with a valuable opportunity to speak with residents and vendors throughout the Region about how they use and value the natural features in and around the NPCA’s watershed.   

On November 14th, the NPCA launched a community vision survey and hosted an information booth at the Welland Farmers Market. The community vision survey was distributed at the Welland farmers market and visitors were given the option to fill out the survey on an electronic tablet or on paper.

On November 28th, the Township of West Lincoln celebrated their annual Santa Claus Parade and held a community skate.  The NPCA arrived at the West Lincoln Arena following the parade to set up an information booth and share information about the Living Landscape project. That evening, the NPCA also hosted an information booth at the Glanbrook Arena in the City of Hamilton. The information booth provided residents with the opportunity to review the project website and fill out the online survey.

On December 3rd, two teams representing the NPCA visited local community centres and posted project notifications at community libraries and recreational facilities at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre in Port Colborne and at the McBain Community Centre & YMCA in Niagara Falls.  Both events offered residents the opportunity to learn about the project, collect a project notification post-card and fill out the community survey electronically or by hand. 

As the NPCA continues Phase 2 of the Living Landscape Project, additional public events around the NPCA’s watershed will take place. After a successful year-end, we look forward to chatting with and hearing from as many members of the community as possible.

Stay tuned for a summary of the community vision survey!

NPCA Living Landscape Project at Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival

The NPCA hosted their 41st annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival from Oct. 9 to 12. Tens of thousands of people from Niagara, Hamilton, Haldimand County and beyond enjoyed the unique vendors, craft beer, local wine and great musical entertainment. 

NPCA staff took the opportunity to chat with visitors about its Living Landscape Project. An information board and post-card handouts were available at the NPCA booth.  Staff also spoke one-on-one with hundreds of festival participants.  Passersby were introduced to the role of the NPCA, learned what the Living Landscape Project is about and found out where they can sign up for more information as the project kicks off during the coming months.

Watch this website for more details on events where you can hear more about the Living Landscape Project. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list by clicking on the Participate button below.

NPCA Launches The Living Landscape Policy Project

The NPCA is updating its policy document called, "Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for the Administration of Ontario Regulation 155/06 and Land Use Planning Policy Document (2011)" ("Policy Document").  The Policy Document lays out the NPCA’s commitment to a watershed-based planning approach and is used by staff and agencies as one of the main tools for decision- making within the NPCA’s jurisdiction.

The purpose of the review is to develop a new Policy Document that the NPCA can use as a practical guide for evaluating development and site alteration while balancing their obligation to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment within its legislative mandate.

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