APRIL 29, 2019 – The City of Kawartha Lakes now has a newly-established tool to assist them in planning for future growth and development in the Dunsford Creek watershed.
On Thursday afternoon, April 25th the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors endorsed and approved the Dunsford Creek Flood Plain Mapping Study – part of a multi-year capital project undertaken on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Flood plain mapping helps to protect the people and property in impacted areas across the watershed,” explained Kawartha Lakes Mayor and Kawartha Conservation vice-chair, Andy Letham. “We are seeing more and more severe weather events, and as a result, the updated flood plain mapping is instrumental in identifying areas we need to pay particular attention to from a planning and permitting perspective.”
The primary goals of the study were to create hydrologic and hydraulic models of the watershed and produce updated flood plain mapping. The completed mapping will allow the City and Kawartha Conservation to make informed decisions about land use and identify flood hazard reduction opportunities in the future.
“There was significant public consultation throughout the Dunsford flood plain mapping study process, and the Board-approved study went through a rigorous peer review,” said Mark Majchrowski, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “This study will now mean applications and permits in the area will be more coordinated and should result in shorter turn-around times which will ultimately aid the public and interested businesses in moving forward with their projects in a timely manner."
Referencing the study as part of the planning and permitting process for any future development will also ensure that both people and property will be protected from flooding-related issues.
As part of the multi-year flood plain mapping project, the Board of Directors endorsed and approved the completed flood plain mapping studies for Ops #1 Drain/Jennings Creek (2014), Sinister Creek (2015), Omemee East Tributary (2016), and Fenelon Falls North Tributary (2017).
“The completed flood plain mapping studies are an important component in assisting the City’s planning and permitting department in making sure that what is being proposed and approved is in the best interest and safety of the applicants and the community as a whole,” said Mr. Letham. “We’re fortunate to have these updated studies completed for many areas across our watershed.”