Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr appointed to the Niagara Escarpment Commission

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr appointed to the Niagara Escarpment Commission

Release Date: Mar 20, 2018

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr has been appointed as a member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, where he will represent the Region’s commitment to sustainable development and preservation of our natural heritage system.

The Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) is an arms-length organization, set up to develop, interpret and apply policies that maintain and enhance the vitality of the Escarpment’s unique environmental and landscape features. Its 17 members represent the interests of the public and the eight local governments represented in the Niagara Escarpment Plan – the first, large-scale environmental land use plan in Canada. The organization meets monthly to review development permits, land use proposals, policy items and potential amendments to the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

“I am honoured by this appointment and eager to work with the NEC to ensure the Niagara Escarpment can be enjoyed by all, now and for generations to come,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The Escarpment’s scenic trails and beautiful landscapes are important regional features and the Commission’s work will help to protect these features as we continue grow.”

The Niagara Escarpment is an internationally significant ecosystem, stretching 726 kilometres in length from Niagara to Tobermory. It is a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and home to many of Ontario’s species at risk.

“The Niagara Escarpment Commission looks forward to working with Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, in his new membership role,” said Russ Powers, Chair of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. “Gary’s experience and insight will add tremendous value to the Commission’s shared vision of a strong and sustainable future for the Niagara Escarpment.”

Halton Region is committed to protecting its natural heritage systems by ensuring 50 per cent of all natural land—forests, green space and ecosystems – is protected through the Regional Official Plan. By partnering with organizations like the Niagara Escarpment Commission, Halton is continuing to protect the natural environment and promote sustainable development.

Visit halton.ca/environment to learn more about Halton’s sustainability initiatives and plans to protect the environment for generations to come.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Rachel Gardner
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7968
rachel.gardner@halton.ca