In light of COVID-19, Credit Valley Conservation is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and well-being of our customers, our suppliers, our communities and our people while ensuring we provide uninterrupted services.
Here is what you can expect from our Planning and Development Services team over the coming weeks:
ENHANCED DIGITAL ACCESS
We will continue our high-quality commitment to client service by being available via email, video conference or phone. For existing files, submissions can be made digitally – and there continue to be several options to make payments so please consult with your file contact. You can help us by prioritizing your business-critical needs, ensuring submissions are complete, on time and digital where possible, and by bearing with us as we adapt our business operations. General inquiries and new permit applications can continue to be directed via email to email@example.com. If paper files or applications are to be dropped off, please make arrangements with us beforehand and there will be a drop-off box in the foyer at CVC Head Office.
FILE STATUS COMMUNICATION
As always, staff will continue to communicate with you and will inform you as to the status of our review and your application. We will also keep you up to date if there are any changes and when our office will re-open to the public.
A key role of CVC is to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources, including ensuring the protection of public health and safety and minimizing property damage from risks associated with natural hazards.
In keeping with Conservation Ontario’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and Natural Resources (MNR), CVC provides comments to municipalities submitted under the Planning Act or similar pieces of development related legislation from several perspectives – watershed based resource management agency, planning and technical advisory services, proponent and landowner and regulatory responsibilities. In this regard, CVC provides planning and technical advice to assist municipalities in fulfilling their responsibilities associated with natural heritage, water resources and natural hazard management pursuant to the relevant legislation, and to assist in the coordination of regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, Ontario Regulation 160/06, Environmental Assessment Act, Clean Water Act, Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and the Fisheries Act.
In general, planning and development related applications within or adjacent to the waterfront and natural heritage features and areas are circulated by municipalities to CVC for comment. Planning related applications circulated to CVC for review typically include:
- Official Plans and Official Plan Amendments;
- Zoning By-laws and Zoning By-law Amendments;
- Plans of Subdivision;
- Plans of Condominium;
- Consents (severances and lot-line adjustments)
- Minor Variances; and
- Site Plans.
For additional information regarding Policy Implementation, please refer to Chapter 6 of CVC’s Watershed Planning and Regulations Policies.