Niagara Escarpment Commission - Approval of an amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan

Instrument type: Approval of an amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan

ERO number
Notice type
Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
February 6, 2023 - April 11, 2023 (64 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:

February 6, 2023
to April 11, 2023

Proposal summary

An application to amend the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) is being initiated by the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC). The application proposes to modify existing policies in the NEP to allow greater flexibility for the consideration of the development of agricultural uses, on-farm diversified uses, and agricultural-related uses.

Location details

Site location details

The proposed policies would be applicable to all Escarpment municipalities within the Niagara Escarpment Plan (plan-wide).


Niagara Escarpment Commission
232 Guelph Street, 3rd Floor
Georgetown, ON
L7G 4B1

Proposal details

The proposal is to further refine and strengthen the framework for agriculture in the NEP Area while ensuring that the purpose and objectives of the plan are upheld.

The amendment proposes to allow the opportunity for the development of on-farm diversified uses and agricultural-related uses outside of prime agricultural areas by amending the Escarpment Protection Area Permitted Use in Part and proposes to amend the NEP Part 2.7 policies respecting development affecting natural heritage.

This will recognize that the development of certain agricultural uses may be compatible in key natural heritage features, under certain conditions. Additionally, the proposal includes a housekeeping-related amendment to Part 1 Escarpment Natural Area Permitted Uses to better align Ontario Regulation 828/90 exemption respecting a specific agricultural use with the Permitted Uses of the NEP.

Public consultation opportunities

A notice regarding the application will be posted in local newspapers across the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area. Information will be posted on the Niagara Escarpment Commission’s website inviting comments from the public.

Supporting materials

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Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

Niagara Escarpment Commission - Georgetown Office

232 Guelph Street
Georgetown, ON
L7G 4B1

Office phone number


Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from February 6, 2023
to April 11, 2023

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