B. Preserve, Protect & Enhance our Environment
To preserve, protect and enhance our natural environment for the health benefits and enjoyment it provides to present and future generations.
|B.1||To protect and conserve the quantity and quality of our ground and surface water resources, and ensure the integrity of our watersheds and aquatic ecosystems through integrated watershed planning and management.|
|B.2||To promote an “environment-first” philosophy that recognizes the importance of the protection of the natural environment in all municipal decision-making.|
|B.3||To preserve, protect, enhance, and where possible, restore, a Natural Heritage System of significant natural heritage features and areas, and their related ecological functions.|
|B.4||To encourage improvements to air quality through facility management, land use planning, transportation management and other programs, and work with other orders of government to address greenhouse gas emissions.|
|B.5||To conserve energy through community design, land use planning, transportation planning, and the design/retrofitting of public and private buildings.|
|B.6||To encourage the acquisition by the Town of significant natural areas, especially as development occurs in designated urban areas.|