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For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2005

Region of Peel Adopts Interim Protocol for Land Securement

(Brampton) - In December, Regional Council adopted the Planning department's recommended Interim Protocol for Land Securement. The Interim Protocol, a temporary policy, will provide a timely and consistent method for reviewing conservation authorities' requests for funding to acquire environmentally sensitive lands. These acquisitions will help protect environmental diversity throughout the Region.

"By working in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), we are protecting lands that help us sustain our natural heritage," said Regional Councillor Elaine Moore, Chair of the Inter-Municipal Planning Sub-committee. "Preserving these areas now helps safeguard their existence for future generations to enjoy."

In June 2004, Regional Council passed a resolution to endorse the CVC Greenlands Securement Strategy and the TRCA Natural Heritage Lands Protection and Acquisition Project 2001-2005, whereby the Region would commit funding and help implement these strategies. Regional staff are working in partnership to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which would set out the terms of the partnership. Until a MOU is established, Regional Council will implement the Interim Protocol for Land Securement policy.

"The Region of Peel is comprised of a diverse landscape which includes environmentally sensitive areas," said Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning. "The Interim Protocol for Land Securement is critical to helping us protect those areas until we are capable of establishing a sustainable source of funding."

"The Province of Ontario through recent initiatives, including the Greenbelt Plan, has indicated the need and desirability for public ownership of more green space for recreational purposes and for the protection of sensitive environmental features," said Regional Councillor Paterak, member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission Committee. "The Region of Peel supports securement programs through its funding of conservation authorities and recognizes the need for dedicated funding."

As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario, Peel Region is committed to developing effective strategies to sustain Peel's quality of life and to preserve, protect and enhance our natural environment and resources. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.

Nick Tunnacliffe
Commissioner of Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4349

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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