Environment

Environmental Policy Mapping Review

The City of Brampton takes seriously its role in promoting and being a leader in natural heritage conservation and environmental management. Brampton’s Natural Heritage and Environmental Management Strategy (NHEMS) is a proactive approach to ensure that the abundance of natural heritage and built green spaces found in the city are conserved, restored, connected and enhanced to support the health and diversity of the natural and built environments. 

The NHEMS addresses the implementation, management and enhancement of the city’s open space, green infrastructure and urban forest that contribute to sustaining the Natural Heritage System and ecosystem services.

The objective of the Environmental Policy Review is to review and update the City’s natural heritage and environmental management policy framework and mapping of the Official Plan to:

  • Identify new strategies for best practices and policies for land use planning, natural heritage conservation and environmental management
  • Integrate the recommendations and requirements of strategic master plan documents, e.g. Environmental Master Plan
  • Identify the City’s framework of green spaces - natural heritage and open space systems, green infrastructure and urban forest

For more information, please contact:

Natasha Rea, MCIP, RPP
Policy Planner, Land Use Policy
Phone: 905.874.3861 | Email: natasha.rea@brampton.ca

Greenbelt Conformity

The Greenbelt Plan (2005) identifies where urbanization is not appropriate and provides protection for agricultural land and ecological features and functions. The Greenbelt Plan works in conjunction with the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which directs where future growth should be accommodated in Ontario.

The Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected, environmentally sensitive land, which includes farmland, forests, wetlands, watersheds, green space and communities. The Greenbelt Plan has two designations – the Protected Countryside, made up of the agricultural and natural systems, and the Settlement Areas, made up of towns, villages and hamlets.

In the City of Brampton, there are approximately 500 acres of designated Greenbelt lands. These lands are located in northwest Brampton, near the Credit River Valley, and are designated as Protected Countryside, with a sub-designation of Natural System - Natural Heritage System. The Greenbelt Plan also recognizes the Credit River, Etobicoke Creek and three tributaries of the West Humber River as external connections of the Greenbelt.

The main goal of the Greenbelt Conformity Review is to update the policy framework of the Official Plan to conform with the Greenbelt Plan (2005) and the Region of Peel Official Plan. 

For more information, please contact:

Natasha Rea, MCIP, RPP
Policy Planner, Land Use Policy
Phone: 905.874.3861 | Email: natasha.rea@brampton.ca