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Green Infrastructure Strategy

Maintaining a healthy and sustainable city requires that we consider the ways in which we interact with our natural environment, and that we manage our impacts appropriately. This is especially important as the city grows and as we replace old infrastructure and increase density in established areas of the city.

The purpose of the Green Infrastructure Strategy (GIS) is to develop an integrated approach to planning for and maintaining a sustainable, biodiverse city by considering natural and supporting areas as important infrastructure in our urban environment.

The GIS will:

  • Ensure protection of natural and supportive areas as both important infrastructure and part of a valuable ecological system.
  • Optimize the existing green network to make the best and most efficient use of the city’s existing natural assets and open spaces.
  • Integrate storm water management, natural areas protection and land use planning by balancing ecological and human needs.
  • Connect residents to nature and nurture an appreciation for natural assets.
  • Conserve biodiversity in ecologically sensitive areas through the identification and conservation of natural areas and by increasing their interconnections.
  • Maintain ecologically and culturally important land and aquatic systems.
  • Assist in the sustainable use of natural resource land and economically important open space.
  • Study, define and plan for lands suited for parks, corridors and green spaces.

The GIS will be developed in two phases:

Phase 1:  Baseline Inventory (Spring 2018)
Phase 2:  Desired State and Implementation Strategy (Spring 2019)


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