We’re developing an Environmental Inventory and Management Strategy that assess the City’s natural assets and identifies a range of potential management strategies that will inform future plan and policy updates. Between June and September 2020, we collected community and stakeholder feedback on aspects of our local environment and land uses that affect community wellbeing now and into the future at haveyoursaypittmeadows.ca.
Thank you to everyone who provided input. Public feedback on this project is currently closed and is being evaluated. A summary of the results will be presented to Council later this year.
Located between the Fraser River, the Pitt River, and the mountains, the City of Pitt Meadows has a rich natural heritage. Environmental features include areas such as the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Area, river shorelines, and the agricultural lands. Environmental assets include the stock of physical and biological resources found in our community, such as: soil nutrients, crops, trees, drainage systems, fish, and fish habitat. These features and assets provide a range of ecosystem goods and services that enable local wildlife, farmers, businesses, and residents to thrive.
Ecosystem goods are the products from natural capital such as food, fibre, clean air, and water; ecosystem services are the less tangible but no less significant benefits from ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, water purification and climate regulation, and non-material benefits such as recreation, aesthetic and cultural benefits. These are being threatened; however, by invasive species, effects related to population growth, fragmented management, and climate change.
The City’s objectives for this project are to:
- Understand the current state of the City’s environmental features and assets;
- Recognize the role of agriculture in our community;
- Identify where municipal management practices could be improved; and,
- Identify short, medium, and long term strategies for greater sustainability, cultural inclusivity, and environmental responsibility.
The outcomes will be informed by expert knowledge, input from interested community groups and members, and direction from Council. For those who are interested, there will be multiple opportunities to provide input and to learn more about the project. Please keep an eye on the community calendar and the City’s social media for more information.