The Environmental Advisory Services program provides input into
development proposals through planning review and regulation of
development through the Conservation Authorities Act.
Planning review includes input into development proposals
submitted by municipalities, developers and the general public.
Proposals can include official plans, comprehensive zoning by-laws,
plans of subdivision, severances, site plans and minor variances.
The Minister of Natural Resources approved the Development,
Interference and Alteration Regulations to be consistent with Ontario
Regulation 97/04 of the Conservation Authorities Act. The Ganaraska
Region Conservation Authority regulation is Ontario Regulation Number
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority regulates:
development in river or stream valleys, wetlands, shorelines and hazardous lands and associated allowances; and
the straightening, changing, diverting or interfering in any
way with the existing channel of a river, creek, stream, watercourse or
for changing or interfering in any way with a wetland.
Floodplain Regulations administered by the
Authority ensure residents are protected and the integrity of the
watershed floodplains is maintained. By directing development away from
flood prone areas, we reduce the risk of life and property as a result
of flooding. Therefore, if you have property near a stream or wetland or
are considering purchasing land in these areas, call us. We can advise
you as to the susceptibility of the property to flooding and some of the
problems you might encounter if you hope to develop the area.
Additional benefits of this program include the protection of fragile
stream environments, reduction of erosion and sedimentation, and the
maintenance and improvement of fisheries.
The cooperation of landowners in complying with the Ganaraska Region
Conservation Authority's requirements is very important in protecting