September 11, 2020 Update: The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.
- All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
- The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
- GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.
Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.
Planning and Permits
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 168/06.
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 watercourses.
Important Links for Planning and Regulations
Fee Schedule - Call 905.885.8173 for more information
Board Approved Policies for the Implementation of Ontario 168/06
Stormwater Design Guidelines
Rural Ag Permit Guide