On the agenda for the County of Simcoe Committee of the Whole meeting held on Sept. 24, 2019 was the following staff report including Schedule 1 titledCompensation Planting Plan (links below). The Compensation Planting Plan Proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Center 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West Springwater, ONwas prepared by Simcoe County’s consultants GHD. A peer review of this report has been completed by Dougan & Associates Ecological Consultants. Attached is a copy of the peer review letter dated Nov. 5, 2019.
Staff Report CCW-2019-330
Schedule 1 Compensation Planting Plan
Freele Forest-April 10, 2017
Aware Simcoe Meeting – Sunday April 2nd Midhurst United Church 91 Doran Road ~ Everyone is welcome
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Dr. Dianne Saxe presents her compelling report
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For further information about the Rainforest Alliance audit process, here are links to key documents for your reference:
-The FSC Canada Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Forest Management standard. Pay particular attention to Criterion 6.10, Criterion 4.4, Principle 1, Principle 7 and Principle 9.
-The FSC Policy for Excision of Areas from the Scope of Certification (FSC POL 20 003), which lays out the ‘rules’ for conversion of forest to other uses and/or removing forest from the scope of an active certificate.
-Public summaries for past audits of Simcoe County Forest
Letter from Dougan & Assoc.
This peer review applies Dougan & Associates standard approach for reviews of natural heritage planning reports, which focuses on whether the EIS adequately reflects relevant protocols and interpretation as required under the Provincial Policy Statement (OMMAH 2014) and its guiding documents, such as the Natural Heritage Reference Manual 2nd Ed. (OMNR 2010), Significant Wildlife Habitat Technical Guide (OMNR 2000), and other provincial references, as well as the Simcoe County Official Plan (2007) and other local documents, including the Simcoe County Forest Plan (2011) and the Simcoe County ONE SITE – ONE SOLUTION (2016) document. D&A peer review authors also completed a site review on May 3, 2017 to review existing conditions on the site.
Impacts to Regional Natural Heritage System by Proposed County of Simcoe Environmental Resource Recovery Center (ERRC), Springwater, Ontario
We note that the Province has published its own Regional Natural Heritage System (RNHS) mapping that will form the basis of planning under the Growth Plan (2017), and under the Greenbelt Plan (2017). On-line mapping of this system currently indicates the County’s preferred ERRC site is located within the RNHS, with woodland cover throughout the site, and unevaluated wetlands
Letter from Jenifer Lawrence & Assoc.
I have reviewed the following reports, prepared by the County of Simcoe, in support of the above noted applications:
• County of Simcoe Materials Management Facility, Part 1 – Planning – Siting Methodology and Evaluation Criteria, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, dated February 2015;
• County of Simcoe Organics Processing Facility, Part 1 – Planning – Siting Methodology and Evaluation Criteria, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, dated February 2015;
• County of Simcoe – Materials Management Facility, Part 2 – Long List Evaluation, prepared by GHD, dated July 12, 2015;
• County of Simcoe – Organics Processing Facility, Part 2 – Long List Evaluation, prepared by GHD, dated July 23, 2015; ......