COVID-19 Update: Our office is currently closed to the public. Planning and Permit staff are available during regular business hours via email and phone. If you need to drop hard copy documents or permits at the office, please use the mail slot at the front door. Payments for permits can be arranged by calling 613-546-4228 ext. 221.

Municipal Plan Review

A Partner in Land Use Planning That Protects People and Property.

Cataraqui Conservation’s mandate is to provide expert, timely environmental advice to partner municipalities for applications from local property owners and developers, under the auspices of The Planning Act and the Conservation Authorities Act. Cataraqui Conservation has an agreement in place with each of our member municipalities  for the provision of comments on municipal planning applications. Our comments are based on provincial policy statement and provincial hazard lands policy guidelines, a role which has been delegated to Conservation Authorities since the establishment of the Conservation Authorities Act, first passed by the Ontario legislature in 1946.

Cataraqui Conservation planning services regulation complement other program areas by:

  • Directing development to areas that are not hazardous (e.g. flooding and erosion)
  • Maintaining natural features and ecological functions
  • Protecting water quality and quantity

More specifically, this includes applications for:

  • Severances and Minor Variances
  • Official Plans and Zoning By-law Amendments
  • Plans of Subdivisions and Condominium
  • Site Plan Control applications

Cataraqui Conservation staff are tasked with reviewing all pertinent technical reports and plans that relate to proposed development work adjacent to natural hazards, waterbodies, and natural heritage features (e.g. Provincially Significant Wetlands, Significant Woodlands, ANSIs, etc.).

Cataraqui Conservation’s review of planning applications is based on an integrated watershed management approach and is informed by policy documents such as the Provincial Policy Statement and implementing guidelines, municipal Official Plans and Zoning By-laws, Cataraqui Conservation Environmental Planning Policies and Guidelines for Implementing Ontario Regulation 148/06. We strive to protect property from danger and damage posed by natural hazards as well as conserving the area’s natural resources.

Before formally applying to the pertinent municipality, it is recommended that you consult with a Cataraqui Conservation planner in order to make the process as smooth as possible.