Natural Environment and Resource Lands Focus Area

 

Desired Future

Rossland's spectacular setting in the alpine environment gives the community its unique character. Designated and protected green spaces, green corridors, riparian areas, and natural ecosystems allow indigenous flora and fauna to thrive. The build environment is also integrated into the natural environment through native tree plantings and 'ribbons' of green traversing the city and along stream corridors.  In addition, community gardens have been established, providing potential sites for growing local produce.

End-state Goals

End-state Goal 1: An extensive network of green spaces, natural habitat, environmentally sensitive areas, riparian zones, water catchment areas, and wildlife corridors is protected.

End-state Goal 2: Areas with exceptional productive capacity for agriculture or silviculture are protected from urban development and managed to maintain or enhance the health and biodiversity of surrounding natural systems.

End-state Goal 3: Over time, the built environment is integrated into the natural environment in a way that capitalizes on ecological functions and avoids or manages risks associated with natural hazards.

 

What is New in Natural Environment and Resource Lands?

The City has been actively ensuring that natural environment and resource lands are protected for future generations through OCP designations and zoning.