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Natural Heritage Study

Grey County recently completed a Natural Heritage Study we called Green in Grey. The study identified key natural areas and linkages and recommended policies related to these features. Many of the natural heritage features and linkages we found already existed in our mapping.

Green in Grey - Natural Heritage Study

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About the Study

Green in Grey was conducted following changes in the Provincial Policy Statement in 2014 and policy directive that was implemented in the County’s Official Plan in 2010.

The Grey County countryside is full of wonderful natural features such as large wetlands, forests and watercourses, each containing their own unique and diverse ecosystem. Identifying these individual features has largely been completed, but it’s important to also understand how they all link together to form our entire natural environment. The Provincial Policy Statement refers to this connected natural environment as a “Natural Heritage System” and requires these systems to be identified. The study, Green in Grey, balances the protection of the Natural Heritage System with the continued need for development, agricultural production, and resource use in the County, as well as recreation and tourism.

Green in Grey is considered a background document. This study informs decisions and was factored into the development of Grey County's Official Plan

Grey County

Situated two hours north of Toronto, Grey County offers beauty you can’t get in the city, along with a lifestyle that is more relaxed and family oriented.

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