The second webinar, Connecting Planning and Ecology Workshop with Michael Wynia, MCIP, RPP, Partner, Senior Ecologist and Planner at Skelton, Brumwell & Associates Inc., takes place on November 19th.
Natural heritage evaluations and environmental impact studies provide critical ecological data that is important to the protection of natural features and functions in the land use planning process. To be fully effective, the recommendations of these studies need to directly address the planning instruments and the authority they establish to deal with ecological matters.
This session will begin with a brief overview of the key planning instruments: the official plan, zoning by-law, minor variances, subdivisions, consents and site plan control. The presentation will then focus on how study findings and recommendations can most effectively make their way into planning approvals. This will include practical examples and approaches you can utilize to ensure that your ecological work results in meaningful protection for natural heritage as planning decisions are made and development occurs.
This session will be of particular interest to both ecologists and planners.