Natural Areas

Environmental Impact Statement

An Environmental Impact Statement or EIS is a study completed by a qualified environmental professional (Biologist or Ecologist) that studies the habitat within and adjacent to the Core Area and assesses potential impacts that the proposed development may have on the feature and its functions. As part of this study, recommendations are made to avoid or minimize these impacts.

An Environmental Impact Statement will:

  • Inventory and describe the existing Core Areas and the ecological functions of the site in the context of the surrounding landscape.
  • Assess potential impacts that the proposed development may have on Core Areas and their functions.
  • Provide recommendations on natural area boundaries, mitigation measures and design measures to accommodate or enhance existing natural features and their functions.

The Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines are available to help consultants prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

The EIS is evaluated by:

  • Natural Heritage staff
  • the City’s Environmentally Significant Areas Evaluation Group (ESAIEG)
  • other agencies such as Conservation Authorities and Niagara Escarpment Commission