Conservation Halton works in partnership with the local municipalities, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure that waterfront developments are undertaken in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
What are the projects associated with this program?
- Review of official plan policies and schedules, comprehensive zoning by-laws and plans of subdivisions
- Implementation of provincial policies through land use planning input and review
- Formulation of waterfront policies in consultation with municipalities
- Review of shoreline protection applications regarding the Fisheries Act and the Public Lands Act
- Coastal engineering expertise provided to the municipalities, government agencies and private property owners
- Development and maintenance of waterfront database and GIS mapping
- Emergency planning and flood warning system
- Liaison between municipalities and other government agencies.
Why is the Lake Ontario shoreline management program important?
- Injury, loss of life and property damages resulting from flooding and erosion are reduced
- Coordinated waterfront management services are provided
- Waterfront natural habitat is preserved and enhanced
- Legislative requirements are integrated with planning
- Public is informed about natural hazards and natural heritage resources
Who benefits from this conservation program?
- Waterfront residents
- Federal and Provincial governments
- Consultants, lawyers and real estate agents
- Academic community
- Future generations