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3.1 Preservation of Natural Character

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Issue: Natural character of the coastal environment is fragile and vulnerable to irreversible changes. Continuing pressure from inappropriate subdivision, use and development can result in the cumulative degradation of natural character.
   
Objective: Preservation of the natural character of the coastal environment by:
  • Protecting it from inappropriate subdivision, use and development; and
  • Restoring it where appropriate.

Principal Reasons for Adopting: The natural character of the coastal environment of the Region is a fragile and finite resource that is vulnerable to irreversible alteration and damage. Any use or development in the CMA must preserve the natural character of the coastal environment. Protection of the CMA from inappropriate subdivision, use and development includes restoration and/or enhancement of any natural character values which may have been adversely affected, to avoid adverse cumulative effects.