City Consulting on Significant Woodlands

Subject: Fwd: Significant Woodlands Guidelines — public consultation
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:36:29 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <>

Hi all. This is FYI, and to be posted on the web site.

The City is inviting comments on the Draft Significant Woodlands Guidelines, just posted on the City of Ottawa website. Here are the full links and the re-directs: or orés

The deadline for public comment is December 17, 2018.

These Significant Woodland Guidelines explain the significant woodland policies of the City of Ottawa and how they shall be implemented in the City’s planning processes. They apply city-wide, wherever a treed area meets the following definition:

Section 2.4.2 of the City’s Official Plan, as amended by Official Plan Amendment 179 (currently under appeal) defines significant woodlands as:

  1. Any treed area meeting the definition of woodlands in the Forestry Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.26 or forest in the Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario; and
  2. In the rural area, meeting any one of the criteria in the Natural Heritage Reference Manual, as assessed in a subwatershed planning context and applied in accordance with Council-approved guidelines, where such guidelines exist; or
  3. In the urban area, any area 0.8 hectares in size or larger, supporting woodland 40 years of age and older at the time of evaluation.

OPA 179 brought the Official Plan definition of significant woodlands into compliance with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).

You are welcome to comment directly on the City web site. I would appreciate receiving a copy of any comments.

Thank you,

Heather Pearl

One thought on “City Consulting on Significant Woodlands

  1. Looks like the city has to consider the province’s request to protect “significant woodlands” and balance it with other uses for land. Interesting use of the idea of “services” provided by the woods.

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