The proposed Niagara escarpment expansion has raised concerns with Meaford residents. The commission wants to add an additional 100,000 acres to the protected land.
Meaford Farmers may be affected the most
The proposed expansion will greatly affect farmers and land owners in Meaford as this will grant them less control over their land. The escarpment runs East to West from New York all the way to Illinois cutting through Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin.
How the Niagara Escarpment may affect property values
The Niagara escarpment is one of the World’s natural wonders and it is very important these lands are protected. Unfortunately for land owners under any conservation authority, resale of the land and it’s uses can be affected. Much of Wasaga Beach falls under the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority (NVCA). Any house/ addition permit won’t be approved until the NVCA has first approved it.
The same applies to these lands in Meaford. This will limit any future development on land that will fall under the Niagara Escarpment protection commission. Rob Armstrong,director of planning with town of Meaford says property owners will need to pay attention to any changes. “they need to be aware of the changes as they may affect their desire to use their lands”.
Importance of the Niagara Escarpment
The Niagara escarpment adds millions of dollars to the Ontario economy annually. The escarpment includes some of Ontario’s best hiking,camping, skiing, swimming, fishing, boating just to name a few. The escarpment also supports natural wildlife such as 300 different bird species, 90 kinds of fish, 36 reptiles and amphibians and 37 kinds of wild orchids.
Depending on what side of the fence you sit on with regards to this plan, we must all agree that the protection of our green space such as the “Niagara Escarpment” is vital for us and our future generations.
Andrew Weaver is a licensed Realtor® with the Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Board.
Serving Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Clearview Township.