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2.3 Natural Heritage

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2.3.1 Natural heritage features and areas will be protected from incompatible development.
  1. Development and site alteration will not be permitted in:

    • significant wetlands south and east of the Canadian Shield; and
    • significant portions of the habitat of endangered and threatened species.

  2. Development and site alteration may be permitted in:

    • fish habitat;
    • significant wetlands in the Canadian Shield2;
    • significant woodlands south and east of the Canadian Shield2;
    • significant valleylands south and east of the Canadian Shield2;
    • significant wildlife habitat; and
    • significant areas of natural and scientific interest

    if it has been demonstrated that there will be no negative impacts on the natural features or the ecological functions for which the area is identified.

2.3.2 Development and site alteration may be permitted on adjacent lands to a) and b) if it has been demonstrated that there will be no negative impacts on the natural features or on the ecological functions for which the area is identified.

2.3.3 The diversity of natural features in an area, and the natural connections between them should be maintained, and improved where possible.

2.3.4 Nothing in policy 2.3 is intended to limit the ability of agricultural uses to continue.

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