Agricultural Impact Assessments
OMAFRA's draft Guidance Document for Agricultural Impact Assessments was posted on the Environmental Registry for public consultation for 120 days from March 15 through to July 13, 2018.
OMAFRA welcomed feedback on the draft guidance document and will carefully consider all input received for the development of a final document, to be released later this year.
The draft Agricultural Impact Assessment Guidance Document supports provincial plan policies (the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017; the Greenbelt Plan, 2017; the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, 2017 and the Niagara Escarpment Plan, 2017) that require an agricultural impact assessment be undertaken for certain types of development (these include settlement area boundary expansions, infrastructure projects and mineral aggregate extraction operations within prime agricultural areas).
What is an Agricultural Impact Assessment?
An Agricultural Impact Assessment is defined in the Greenbelt and Growth Plan 2017 as:
An Agricultural Impact Assessment:
The Agricultural Impact Assessment Guidance Document
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' draft Agricultural Impact Assessment Guidance Document provides technical information for municipal planners, agricultural and environmental assessment professionals, as well as aggregate, development and infrastructure proponents.
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