Climate change adaptation, energy conservation, improved air quality, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved through efficient land use and development patterns. Development and land use patterns which conserve biodiversity and consider the impacts of a changing climate should be promoted. The Green Energy Act and Ontario Climate Change Action Plan support these goals.
Provincial & County Policy
The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:
Settlement Areas & Land Use Structure
Provincial Policy requires land use and development patterns which promote compact, complete communities, and promote active transportation between residential, employment, and institutional areas.
Municipalities should aim to improve the mix of employment and housing uses to shorten commutes and decrease automotive congestion.
Climate change considerations should be integrated into managing growth, such as planning for more resilient infrastructure and moving towards net-zero communities in the long term. In essence, net-zero communities are communities which meet their energy demands through low-carbon or carbon-free energy forms, and/or offsetting.
Development & Design with Nature
The design and orientation of infrastructure and development should be carefully considered to maximize energy efficiency and conservation.
Municipalities should promote design which maximizes vegetation within settlement areas, and incorporates green infrastructure and low impact development approaches.
Renewable Energy Systems
The design and orientation of infrastructure should maximize opportunities for the use of renewable energy systems and alternative energy systems.
The Province and County have an interest in providing a co-ordinated system of infrastructure, electricity generation facilities, and transmission and distribution systems which all consider the impacts of climate change.
Culture of Conservation
Municipalities will develop policies and strategies in support of: water conservation, energy conservation, air quality improvement and protection, integrated waste management, and excess soil reuse strategies
Municipalities will develop policies in their official plans to identify actions that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate adaptation goals as outlined in Ontario's Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan
Existing Policy & Legislation
Provincial Policy Statement 2014
County of Simcoe Official Plan, 2016
Green Energy Act, 2009
Ontario Climate Change Strategy, 2015 & Climate Change Action Plan, 2016
Current Township Policies
Currently, there are no specific policies regarding climate change, or greenhouse gas emissions, although the current objectives for Environmental Management encourage improvements to air quality wherever possible.
The current Official Plan contains objectives and policies regarding the Craighurst Secondary Plan in Section C220.127.116.11 areas, which provide the following:
Encourage the use of building materials and building construction that minimize energy use.
Encourage the infiltration of water into the ground at source wherever possible through the use of permeable paving materials and other infiltration at source solutions.
What changes would you like to see?
Upper-tier municipalities, such as County of Simcoe, will implement new provincial policy direction regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation, in accordance with the Growth Plan, 2017 and the Ontario Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The province encourages all municipalities to plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change, although it has not made any particular approach mandatory.
Do you think the Township needs specific policies regarding climate change, air quality, greenhouse gases, energy, and sustainability? Should the policies be mandatory or voluntary?
How do you think the Township can address climate change mitigation and adaptation, including building resilience and supporting a culture of conservation?
Should the Township consider supporting development of greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies and greenhouse gas inventories?
What is you biggest concern regarding climate change (e.g. flooding, property damage, public health, hazards and erosion, air quality, heat waves, ice storms, etc.)