One of the most effective ways you can help protect natural areas is to support municipal governments when they consider policy changes to enhance protection of natural areas.
If you live in the Town of Mississippi Mills, you will have that chance at a Public Meeting, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Council is set to consider public opinion on their proposed rezoning of much of Burnt Lands Alvar as an environmental protection zone. I think this is a good thing! If you agree, then attend the public meeting to speak in support of the rezoning (or write to tell Council that you support this rezoning. Details for submitting comments can be found on the Public Meeting notice). Even if you do not intend to speak, attendance at the meeting would be an opportunity to hand deliver your written views or to simply be an observer and register your name to be informed of the Council decision, which will be made at a later date). If you do not attend, you may wish instead to make your opinion known to the town by submitting your written comment.
When: May 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
Where: Town of Mississippi Mills Council Chambers, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, Ontario.
THE PURPOSE AND INTENT of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are to provide environmental protection for the Burnt Land ANSI from intensive rural development by amending rural development policies in the Community Official Plan and placing the lands within the Burnt Lands ANSI within an Environmental Protection (EP) Zone.
ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment and the Zoning By-law Amendment. Written submissions regarding the proposed amendments are to be filed with the Town Clerk at the Town of Mississippi Mills Municipal Office, 3131 Old Perth Road, R.R. #2, P.O. Box 400, Almonte, Ontario, K0A 1A0.
Further information about the Burnt Lands Alvar may be found on website of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists at mvfn.ca.