Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a management plan?

A conservation area management plan sets the goals and objectives for a property and outlines the actions and  strategies needed for achieving them.  It provides a long-term vision for property management and directs operational decisions for land managers and stakeholders.  Input from the public, stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and agency partners is essential for plan development and consultation activities will occur at regular intervals throughout the planning process.


What is the process to develop a park management plan?

ILCA Management Plan Process GraphicThe Situation Analysis includes an in-depth review of the natural, cultural and social values of the study area. The Background Report (link) summarizes key findings from technical reports and studies relevant to conservation area planning to help understand pressures and provide preliminary recommendations through the management planning process.  The Situation Analysis was completed between 2016-2017.

The Strategic Directions Report outlines the guiding statements (vision, objective, directions and outcomes), presents concept plans and artistic renderings for key features, and discusses input received through consultation. The report provides the rationale for decision making, shows how recommendations were developed and the transformation of those recommendations into policies, projects and programming initiatives. The Strategic Directions Report is anticipated for completion by June 2021.

The Management Plan presents a final vision for the conservation area and elaborates on directions and actions outlined in the Strategic Directions Report through more detailed management direction, conceptual design and policies. This plan guides infrastructure development, park management and operations, restoration and natural resource management, recreation and programming, and community partnerships over a 25-year timeframe with evaluation and updates at appropriate intervals. Implementation planning including costing and phasing is also provided. The Management Plan is anticipated for completion by December 2021.


What is the engagement plan for completing a new management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area?

CVC Board of Directors

CVC is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors who are appointed by CVC’s municipal partners within the Credit River watershed. Representation on the board is based on population of the municipality within the watershed. Board members are appointed for a four-year term, following each municipal election. Board members authorize CVC’s programs and policies, which staff is responsible for implementing. The Board has authorized the completion of a new park management plan for ILCA and staff provide updates to the Board on a regular basis. Focused feedback from key members, including the CVC Chair and the local councillors, may be sought for this design process.

CVC Property, Assets, Recreation and Conservation Areas Services (PARCS) Division

The CVC PARCS Division is responsible for the planning, management, development and programming of all CVC owned and managed lands; this includes 62 conservation areas and nearly 7100 acres of land in the Credit River watershed. PARCS Division staff are responsible, in collaboration with the project partners, for guiding and coordinating a new management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area.

Technical Advisory Committee

CVC has established a committee of staff experts from across multiple disciplines to participate on the management plan’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Representatives from park operations, conservation lands planning, ecology, fisheries, water resources, green infrastructure, climate change science, plan review, education, restoration, and senior management will guide the management plan’s vision, objectives, directions and outcomes.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) is in place to act as a forum where CVC and community stakeholders can build relationships, share ideas and guide the resolution of key issues and challenges for the management plan. Consisting of interested members of relevant community organizations, member municipalities and onsite stakeholders, the SAC will continue to be the primary avenue for stakeholder feedback and commentary as we develop a new management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area.

Credit Valley Trail Partners

Island Lake Conservation Area will be the northern terminus for the Credit Valley Trail . The work to develop and plan for the CVT as it relates to ILCA is guided by the CVT Indigenous Roundtable and Orangeville Chapter who are responsible to carry out planning for the trail including: Trail building, experience planning, marketing and communication, landowner outreach, fundraising and community engagement.

General Public

CVC welcomes questions, comments and feedback about the project at any time. If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact us here.

CVC will also host public consultation activities and Public Information Centres at key stages of the project including at the beginning,, when a draft vision statement, objectives and conceptual site plans are available to share and before the management plan is complete. Please check here for more information on Public Consultation.

How can I provide input and feedback into this project?

CVC welcomes questions, comments and feedback about the project at any time. If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact us here.

CVC will also host public consultation activities at key stages of the project including at the beginning of the project, when we have a draft vision statement, objectives and conceptual site plans to share and before the management plan is complete. Please check here for more information on Public Information Centres.


What are the project’s key milestones and timelines?

Key project milestones and timelines as outlined are estimates and are subject to change in order to respond to the needs and expectations of the project.



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