The Planning, Environment, & Natural Heritage Committee (formerly the Planning and Environmental Advisory Committee or PEAC) is an advisory Committee to Council on matters related to planning and other environmental issues.
The Planning, Environmental & Natural Heritage Committee serves in an advisory capacity to Council on planning with respect to natural heritage and other environmental matters including climate change.
The Committee may convene and hold public information meetings, as required by Council, on applications for amendments to the Official Plan, Zoning Bylaw, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Subdivision Applications and major NEC development permit applications in order to formulate recommendations to Council on the merits of the applications based on natural heritage, climate change or other environmental matters.
The committee may consider the merits of building permits and NEC development permits which may impact the Town's Natural Heritage System, as determined by the Director of Planning.
The committee may be delegated by Council on other matters for consideration (eg. tree bylaw, fill bylaw) for recommendations back to Council.
The committee shall be comprised of a minimum of 5 members, where feasible.
The Planning, Environment, & Natural Heritage Committee is made up of 5 members who are members of the general public and do not sit on Town Council. The Planning, Environment, & Natural Heritage Committee is an advisory Committee only, providing recommendations to Council for their consideration. The committee works with the Director of Planning on larger policy issues delegated to them by Council.
Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Committee room (located downstairs at the Town Hall), as needed.
Meeting dates and location are subject to change. Meetings, including agenda, are published on the Planning, Environment, & Natural Heritage Committee page.