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Revised Policies for Development RegulationsThe CRCA has revised its policies for our development regulations. Click here to review the document.
New Fees in Effect May 1, 2012Click on the links below to see our current fee schedules and application forms.
Got a Building Project?
If you are planning to build or alter land (e.g. excavation, filling) near a wetland, watercourse or along a shoreline, you may require planning approval or a permit from the CRCA.
Land Use Planning & Regulations
Our planning services and regulation complement other CRCA resource management activities by:
Much of the information collected through mapping, resource inventories, and surveys and studies is used by the CRCA planning and regulations staff. In reviewing development proposals, our staff are also guided by provincial government policies as well as the CRCA Planning Policy adopted by the CRCA Board in 2005.
Our staff provide written comments to municipalities on applications made under the Planning Act. These applications include:
Each year, we review approximately 300 of these planning applications. Most applications require a property inspection to assess the many natural features we need to consider.
We also review and provide comments on municipal official plans and zoning by-laws, as well as other policies and by-laws that can affect the natural environment.
Our reviews identify potential natural hazards and natural resources such as floodplains, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, and shorelines. We strive to protect you from personal danger and property damage posed by natural hazards such as flooding and erosion, as well as conserving the area's natural resources.
The CRCA requires a fee for this service in order to recover our costs. Be aware that a delay in paying this fee can delay finalizing your application.
Before formally submitting your application to your municipality, we recommend that you consult with a CRCA planner in order to make the process as smooth as possible.
RegulationsThe CRCA has in effect Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulations (Ontario Regulation 148/06) made under the Conservation Authorities Act. This regulation prevents or restricts development and site alterations near water and wetlands to protect you and the public from flooding, erosion and other hazards.
You may require a permit from the CRCA if your project is:
Activities requiring approval within regulated areas include:
Filling, construction or alteration of floodplains, wetlands, shorelines and waterbodies can result in increased upstream or downstream flooding, reduced water quality, destruction of fish and wildlife habitat or other environmental problems. When considering whether to grant a permit under these regulations, the CRCA considers not only the individual application, but also the long-term impacts within the watershed.
Fish Habitat ProtectionAs part of our review of planning applications and regulation permit applications, we also review proposals for possible fish habitat concerns and recommend ways to protect fish habitat. Typically these proposals involve docks, shore wells, dredging, culverts and shore stablilization.
The CRCA works with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to implement the federal Fisheries Act. Under this legislation, it is an offence to harmfully alter, disrupt or destroy fish habitat (this is known as a HADD) without prior written authorization.
If projects are designed and constructed properly, damage to fish habitat can be avoided. If a proposal that we review could result in a HADD, it is referred directly to DFO for additional review. After considering potential options for the project, DFO will either authorize or refuse the work.
Timing of construction is also a consideration. Construction is not allowed during fish spawning season. This is different throughout the Cataraqui Region depending on fish species present and whether the waterbody is considered to be warm water or cold water. Generally in-water work is restricted during:
For further information about in-water works and fish habitat protection, please call Tom Beaubiah at (613) 546-4228 ext. 240 or toll-free (in 613 area code) 1-877-956-CRCA ext. 240.
For more detailed information about why we consider wetlands, floodplains, waterbodies, erosion, steep slopes and fish habitat to be important click here.
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