Land Stewardship Analysis

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3.0 Land Stewardship
3.1 Official Plan – Goals and Objectives
A reoccurring goal in the Official Plan of the Town of Collingwood is to determine objectives for land use, transportation, servicing and community improvement policies while taking into account social, economic, and environmental constraints on the physical growth of the town. The aim is to create and sustain the best possible living environment for all, including present, future, and visiting people, while developing a pattern for future growth. Because Collingwood is found so close to the Greater Holden Horseshoe (GHH), there is potential for an increased demand of residential development and development of local attractions. There will be a need for more homes, businesses, roads,
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Any development that has environmental concerns will be avoided, and instead natural resources will be enhanced and used wisely. Urban Design goals aim “to protect the health of the natural environment by reducing the environmental impacts associated with the new development and making enhancements where feasible” (page 18). Development will be prevented within the wetland boundary along with any site alteration on adjacent lands, as they are classified as an Environmental Buffer are, and are not suitable for development due to fragile ecosystems and negative human impact. The town Official Plan states that “habitable buildings and structures shall not be permitted within the defined floodplains of Silver Creek” (page 39). As Silver Creek Wetland Complex is classified as a Schedule B Category 1 Natural Heritage Resource Area, a provincially significant coastal wetland, the preservation is a primary objective. The plan prohibits any development or site alteration, with the only exception for public works/uses, and a thorough Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be completed before moving forward with any proposal. The wetland complex is zoned under Environmental Protection (EP), permitting the construction and maintenance of boat slips, existing walking trails, and conservation uses for fish and wildlife …show more content…
The location is water adjacent which increases the overall value of value and appeal of the property, especially for housing developments. Geologically, the dense bedrock directly below the surface provides a solid foundation with few erosion issues, decreasing the chances of shifting in the future. The shallow-sloping limestone makes building easier as steep inclines are not apparent. Further development and access in this area affects both biotic and abiotic components of the wetland. The area provides habitat for endangered species that would be greatly impacted through increased noise from pedestrian and vehicle traffic, along with the decrease and fragmentation of their natural habitat. There is also a greater risk for the introduction of invasive terrestrial species as the more movement from people and equipment (during the construction stage especially) and soil disturbance. By compacting the soils to build, the permeability level would be insufficient for how much rainwater the area sees and overall runoff would cause significant more erosion

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