Updated January 3, 2019
The Huron County countryside supports a variety of land use activities, with agriculture being prominent. Natural areas provide important services that help make Huron County a productive area for farming and a great place to live. Forests prevent soil erosion, wetlands filter our water.
The Huron Natural Heritage Plan (NHP) is a summary of Huron’s current approach to natural environment planning and contains recommendations for updates (this document was formerly referred to as the Implementation Strategy). A supporting document, known as the Technical Document, defines what features are considered significant ecologically and maps these areas.
The Natural Heritage Plan will be used to help make informed decisions when planning for the natural environment into the future. Implementation will occur at the local level at the time of a Five Year Review of an Official Plan and Zoning By-law update. A more detailed review and further public consultation under the Planning Act is required before any changes are made.
You can download the Huron Natural Heritage Plan (NHP), the Technical Document, and a Frequently Asked Questions page at the links below:
Timeline To Date and Next Steps
Public consultation for the draft Plan was held in the fall of 2016. In February of 2017, Huron County Council received the draft report for information and provided direction on adjacent lands (to be considered 120m from provincially significant wetlands and 50m from all other features). In addition, County Council directed the mapping be updated to reflect 2015 aerial photography.
The updated mapping is now complete and drop-in information sessions have been held to provide an opportunity for members of the public to view the Technical Document Mapping and provide comments on the Natural Heritage Plan. The sessions were:
Tuesday, May 29th 2018 from 3-8pm, Clinton Public Library (27 Albert Street, Clinton)
Wednesday, June 6th 2018 from 3-8pm, Alicia Munro Library (281 Edward Street, Wingham)
Thursday, June 14th 2018 from 3-8pm, Exeter Public Library (330 Main Street South, Exeter)
The online commenting period ended on Monday, December 31, 2018. Thank you to all who participated.