Consideration for the natural environment is an important part of land use planning. We review Planning Act development applications and provide environmental and natural hazard protection advice to watershed municipalities through the land use planning process. Conservation Authorities have been delegated this responsibility on behalf of the Province of Ontario under the Provincial Policy Statement.
All of the development applications we review are sent to us by municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction. A comprehensive review of each application is undertaken to ensure that natural heritage will not be adversely affected by the proposed development. Natural heritage features considered include significant wetlands, environmentally sensitive areas, fish habitat, species at risk habitat, and areas of natural and scientific interest (ANSIs). We also ensure the completed project will not be adversely impacted by flooding, erosion, steep slopes, unstable bedrock, and other natural hazards. We help ensure human health and safety, while striving to balance environmental protection and economic development. For more about our review of development applications, please see our Plan Review and Regulation Policies.
Plan review fees are charged on a user pay principle to cover the costs of reviewing the application. Please note that the fees for plan review can not be transferred to any permit fees for the project.
Please contact your municipality to undertake any of the following planning applications:
- Minor variance
- Zoning by-law amendment
- Official Plan amendment
- Site plan approval
- Subdivision of condominium
Need information about a property?
Submit an Information Request for proposed works and/or information on a property you are considering for purchase. Through the request, we will provide a review with consideration for the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 182/06. This may include information about environmental features, natural hazards, building envelopes, permit requirements, outstanding permits, and violations. View the Plan Review Fee Schedule for the Information Request cost.