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  1. 1. Rideau Corridor Landscape Character Assessment Project Collaborating to protect Ontario’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Ontario East Municipal Conference 12 September 2012 1
  2. 2. Rideau Canal •Ottawa to Kingston •202 km long waterway •19 km of canal cut •47 Locks •24 Lockstations •74 Dams •12 Swing bridges 2
  3. 3. Construction 1826- 1831 3
  4. 4. Changing Use Recreation Defence Transport 4
  5. 5. The Rideau Canal Corridor – A Unique Heritage Region • National Historic Site of Canada 1925 • Canadian Heritage River 2000 • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve 2002 • UNESCO World Heritage Site 2007 • National Geographic Society 2008 • Google World Wonder 2012 5
  6. 6. Why a World Heritage Site? • …best preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America demonstrating European slackwater technology on a large scale. • …only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century that remains operational along its original line with most original structures intact. • …a canal used for a military purpose linked to a significant stage in human history – the fight to control the north of the American continent. 6
  7. 7. What does World Heritage Site designation mean? • Inscribed property • Buffer zone • Setting 7
  8. 8. Lockstations 8
  9. 9. Defensible 9 Structures
  10. 10. World Heritage Recommendation • “that following the completion of the study of the visual setting of the canal, consideration is given to strengthening its visual protection outside the buffer zone, in order to ensure the visual values of the setting are protected alongside environmental values.” 10
  11. 11. Landscape setting 11
  12. 12. Landscape setting 12
  13. 13. Landscape setting 13
  14. 14. Towards A New Vision – The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy • A coordinated, strategic approach is needed to ensure: • Strong, sustainable communities • Conservation of the unique character of the Canal Corridor • Realization of economic potential for Ontario‟s only World Heritage Site 14
  15. 15. Challenges New/Continuing Development Pressure • Residential • Houses, condos, cottages, subdivisions • Commercial • Large facilities • Retail, hotels, trailer parks, etc. • Energy production • Wind and solar farms • Infrastructure • New bridge crossings and transit tunnel 15
  16. 16. The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy: Working Together • Challenges • Fragmented government jurisdictions and processes: municipal, provincial, federal, private interests • Need for a common understanding of key values and opportunities • How to “get it right,” balancing economic development and the conservation of key values 16
  17. 17. Working Together 17
  18. 18. Working Together • Provincial ministries (8+) and 2 conservation authorities responsible for land use planning, natural environment, cultural heritage, mining activity, transportation, agriculture, water quality and tourism • Federal agencies (3+) with responsibility for federal lands (Parks Canada, National Capital Commission, Department of National Defence) • Many active not-for-profit organizations, citizens groups and countless private property owners and businesses 18
  19. 19. The Strategy 2009 - present • Meetings with municipalities, provincial ministries, conservation authorities, NCC, Aboriginal communities and other partners • Rideau Landscape Forum on April 2009 in Kemptville – over 130 people from a wide range of organizations across the Rideau Corridor • Municipal Forum in September 2009 to discuss governance model • On-water meetings with key partners to share information on landscape values, opportunities and challenges • Rideau Canal “Forum for the Future” in November 2009 19
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  21. 21. Governance Structure S E STEERING COMMITTEE C R E T A R I Technical Other A Advisory Advisory Groups T Group(s) (as required) 21
  22. 22. Governance Structure Steering Committee (28 members): Chairperson & Vice (elected by committee members) 13 Municipal Reps (elected officials or planners) 3 County Reps (elected officials or planners) 2 Conservation Authorities 1 Provincial Rep 6 First Nations Reps 1 National Capital Commission Rep 1 Parks Canada Rep 22
  23. 23. Planners…an invaluable resource • Planners and local organizations are invaluable Eastern Ontario resources • Planners work in municipalities and most public agencies • Well trained • Know the system, the players and the issues • Know their community • Experienced collaborators • Understand landscape character • Trusted by the public and elected officials 23
  24. 24. Work To Date Planners Technical Advisory Group as the project developers and primary advisors to the Steering Committee • Corridor-wide planning policies and regulations • Encouraged „world heritage sites‟ to be noted in PPS • Work Plan • Scoping-out Landscape Character • Implementation Challenges • Digital Mapping • Input to RFP for Landscape Character Assessment 24
  25. 25. Landscape Character • Understanding the Corridor • The forces of change • Understanding landscape character • International Best Practices • Characterization and values • Preference testing • Assessing impacts of change 25
  26. 26. Implementation Challenges • Rank planning and management tools for long term conservation • Input from the public and stakeholders (most of the property adjacent to the Rideau Canal is privately owned) • Select best option for local implementation • Indicators, methods and frequency of monitoring change 26
  27. 27. Digital Mapping Description 1988 Ontario Base Mapping Federal Parks Watersheds and subwatersheds Urban and village areas Conservation Areas, Source Water Building Foot Print Municipal boundaries Impervious areas Physiography of Southern Ontario fences Bedrock Geology river recreation areas Bedrock Elevation: OGS Areas of Natural Interest Surficial Geology Tile Drains Depth of Overburden / Drift (OGS) Airports Soils: 2008 Concession Evaluated Wetlands: 2008 Settlements Woodlands: 2007 utility lines Land Cover, 2007 towers Stream Network Bedrock Geology Constructed (Municipal) Drains Surficial Geology Road Network eastern Ontario Bedrock topography Agricultural lands Drift / depth of overburden Streams and rivers Physiography Constructed Drains (Municipal Drains) solris Railways WRIP stream network Pathways and trails Indian Reserve Bridges, communication towers Rideau Canal Locks Municipal parks, Rideau Canal Waterway Provincial parks Location or Feature Name Waterbodies Elevation 27
  28. 28. Selecting the Right Consultant 28
  29. 29. • Dillon Consulting working through 2012 • Selection of best implementation tools • May lead to further studies or site specific projects • Report back to UNESCO by July 2013 • Success in looking at the Rideau collectively and holistically 29
  30. 30. • Provide clarity, certainty and transparency in planning processes to decision makers, property owners and other stakeholders • Serve as a foundation for cooperation between First Nations, municipal, provincial, federal governments and stakeholders • Raise awareness about the values of the Rideau Canal Corridor and promote new ways of thinking about development 30
  31. 31. More Information 613-283-5170 31
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