The Natural Heritage System consists of natural heritage features and areas, and linkages intended to provide connectivity and support natural processes which are necessary to maintain biological and geological diversity, natural functions, viable populations of indigenous species, and ecosystems. As part of the Official Plan Update, the City is reviewing the natural heritage system policies.

Draft Official Plan document

After more than two years of consultation and activity on the development of the City's new Official Plan, we are pleased to release the draft Official Plan for your review and feedback.

Download the Draft Official Plan document  Give us your feedback

Public engagement and meetings

On November 26, 2018 and December 5, 2018, the City hosted evening public open houses to discuss urban design and the natural heritage system.  Materials related to the natural heritage component of those open houses include the display boardsdraft Natural Heritage System Components and Level Definitions, and presentation.

Trees with sun shining, casting shadows
Natural heritage system
Creek running next to a trail
Presentation on natural heritage system


On October 2, 2017, Council approved the retainer of an environmental consultant to complete the Natural Heritage System policy update for the Official Plan. Details are available in Report PLPD17-043.