Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee
While it is the legislative mandate of the Municipal Council to make the final
decision on all matters that affect the Municipality, the role of an advisory committee
is to provide recommendations, advice and information to the Municipal Council on
those specialized matters which relate to the purpose of the advisory committee,
to facilitate public input to City Council on programs and ideas and to assist in
enhancing the quality of life of the community, in keeping with the Municipal Council’s
Strategic Plan principles. Advisory committees shall conduct themselves in keeping
with the policies set by the Municipal Council pertaining to advisory committees,
and also in keeping with the Council Procedure By-law.
The Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee reports to the Municipal
Council, through the Planning and Environment
Committee. The Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee
provides technical advice to the City of London on matters which are relevant to
the City of London’s Official Plan, including London’s natural heritage systems
it relates to Environmentally Significant Areas, woodlands, stream corridors, etc.
The Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee is responsible for
- to provide advice on natural areas, environmental features and applicable
policies which may be suitable for identification and/or recognition in the
- to provide advice on the management and enhancement of the Natural Heritage
System, including Official Plan Policy, Environmental Management Guidelines
and other policies and practices;
- to provide advice as part of the development of Conservation Master Plans
for London’s Environmentally Significant Areas and in Subwatershed Studies;
- monitor and provide advice on reports, projects and processes that may impact
the natural heritage system, including Areas Plans, Natural Heritage Studies,
Environmental Impact Studies (EIS), Subject Land Status report, Environmental
- monitor impacts and provide advice on all projects (including City lead)
occurring within the Official Plan trigger distance for an EIS, regardless of
whether or not the project includes a formalized EIS;
- to provide technical advice, at the request of the Municipal Council, its
Committees or the City's Administration, on environmental matters which are
relevant to the City's Official Plan or natural heritage system;
- to assist in maintaining an up-to-date information base on natural areas
and environmental features which are identified in the Official Plan and to
monitor the condition of these areas on an ongoing basis;
- to encourage public awareness and education on natural areas, environmental
features and policies of the Official Plan which relate to environmental matters;
- to provide advice on any global, regional or local issue related to the
long-term sustainability of the Natural Heritage System; and
- to provide comment on any matter which may be referred to the Committee
by Municipal Council, its Committees, or the City’s Administration.
Between seventeen and twenty-three Voting Members, including one member of the
Advisory Committee on the Environment.
Non-Voting Resource Group
One representative of each of the following:
- City’s Planning & Research Division
- City’s Development Approval Business Unit
- City’s Stormwater Management Division
- Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
- Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
- Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
- Ministry of Natural Resources
Sub-committees and Working Groups
The Advisory Committee may form sub-committees and working groups as may be necessary
to address specific issues; it being noted that the City Clerk's office does not
provide secretariat support to these sub-committees or groups. These sub-committees
and working groups shall draw upon members from the Advisory Committee as well as
outside resource members as deemed necessary. The Chair of a sub-committee and/or
working group shall be a voting member of the Advisory Committee.
Concurrent with the term of the Municipal Council making the appointment.
Appointments shall be in keeping with Council Policy.
Members are appointed to serve as individuals and shall not represent a specific
interest group or agency. Members shall be chosen based on their interest, experience,
availability, academic qualifications and expertise they possess in disciplines
that will assist in carrying of the mandate of the Committee. Areas of expertise
may include, but is not limited to the following: Biology Ornithology, Geology,
Botany, Zoology, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Ecology, Resource Management,
Hydrology, Geography, Environmental Planning, Limnology and Natural History. Applicants
without the above-noted technical background may also be considered. Non-voting
representatives from local resource groups shall be members or employees of the
organization they represent.
The conduct of Advisory Committee members shall be in keeping with Council Policy.
Meetings shall be once monthly at a date and time set by the City Clerk in consultation
with the advisory committee. Length of meetings shall vary depending on the agenda.
Meetings of working groups that have been formed by the Advisory Committee may meet
at any time and at any location and are in addition to the regular meetings of the
Advisory committee members shall serve without remuneration.
Persons interested in submitting an application for appointment may complete
and submit the
application form available on the City's website.
Name: Betty Mercier, Committee Secretary
Phone: 519-661-2500 Ext. 0835