Environmental Assessment

For applications made pursuant to the Environmental Assessment Act, CVC provides technical clearance on issues related to natural hazards and natural heritage. The policies contained in CVC’s Watershed Planning and Regulation Policies, the Provincial Policy Statement, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Greenbelt Plan, along with other applicable legislation, and CVC Technical Guidelines provide the basis for staff review and comment. When the Notice of Commencement is received, its review is facilitated by the EA Planner. The planner first reviews the submission and confirms CVC interest in the project. An initial letter detailing CVC’s areas of interest, typically together with digital information on natural features and regulatory limits, is provided to the proponent.

Typically, the EA Planner and technical staff, as required, will participate on a Technical Advisory Committee that meets at strategic points throughout the course of the project. The EA planner is also invited to be part of the public consultation process, and will review all information to be provided at public meetings. Further, CVC staff will attend public meetings if technical support is required.

When the technical background studies for the EA are prepared, they are submitted to CVC for review and comment. The EA planner will circulate the submission to CVC technical staff for review. Depending on the type of project, a submission may need to be reviewed by CVC’s water resources engineers, planning ecologists, hydrogeologists, Lands and Natural Heritage staff, and/or Restoration and Stewardship staff. Once a submission is reviewed by technical staff, and all necessary site visits are conducted, the EA planner coordinates the review comments and composes a letter detailing CVC’s issues, concerns or recommendations. The proponent will then typically update the relative studies using CVC comments as input. A meeting may be requested in order to facilitate addressing CVC comments.

Depending on the type of project the proponent will then submit a draft final report for CVC comment. The report outlines the planning process followed and justifies how conclusions were reached. CVC’s EA planner will review the report and compose a response letter to the proponent listing any outstanding issues, concerns or recommendations. Technical staff may review technical aspects of the report, as required.

When the proponent files the amended final report with the Ministry of Environment the CVC EA planner will review the report to ensure that all CVC comments have been addressed satisfactorily.

Environmental Assessment Projects

Lakeview Waterfront Connection Environmental Assessment