Workshop: Natural Heritage Features Mapping

Join us for a workshop to discuss natural heritage features mapping.

The workshop will bring together key stakeholders involved with Natural Heritage Features (NHF) mapping to discuss operational issues relating to the collection, verification, sharing, combining and communication of mapping information at different spatial scales. It will provide an opportunity to develop a collective understanding of the issues and challenges involved and some of the solutions and best practices that can be applied.

The intended audience for the workshop is municipal planners, GIS technicians, Conservation Authority staff, and provincial information providers.

Workshop Purposes:

1.    Develop collective understanding of the issues and challenges involved with NHF mapping

2.    Develop collective understanding of some of the solutions and best practices

3.    Identify next steps for implementing solutions and best practice

Background

In late 2014, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation commissioned a consultant to review mapping guidance materials and to interview 19 Municipalities and one Conservation Authority. This was in response to issues raised by Greenbelt stakeholders who had identified inaccuracies in municipal Official Plan mapping schedules for natural heritage features, that can create unnecessary delays or barriers to planning applications. The Foundation is concerned that this can lead to an erosion of stakeholder confidence in the process, and also undermine the policy goals for natural heritage protection. 

The resulting report provides a more in-depth understanding of the actual mapping process largely from the municipal perspective, and identifies challenges and best practice that could improve the process and lead to greater accuracy in locating and identifying natural heritage features. As the initial research focused on the municipal perspective, it is important to extend the understanding by bringing together other key stakeholders in the mapping process.

If you have any questions please contact Tom Bowers: tbowers@greenbelt.ca or (416) 960-0001 ext 339.

WHEN
March 15, 2016 at 10am - 3pm
WHERE
Country Heritage Park
8560 Tremaine Rd
Conestoga Room
Milton, ON L9T 2X3
Canada
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Thomas Bowers · · (416) 960-0001 ext. 339

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