In 2006, the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources approved Conservation Halton’s (CH) most recent regulation under the Conservation Authorities Act, Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (Ontario Regulation 162/06). This regulation specifies that permission from CH is required to:
- develop in or adjacent to river or stream valleys, wetlands and adjacent lands (i.e., other areas where development could interfere with the hydrologic function of a wetland), shorelines or hazardous lands;
- alter a river, creek, stream or watercourse; or
- interfere with a wetland.
The administration of the regulation is guided by CH Board-approved policies (Policies and Guidelines for the Administration of Ontario Regulation 162/06 and Land Use Planning (August 11, 2011)). These policies complement the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement, Section 3.0 – Protecting Public Health and Safety and were developed with input from watershed municipalities and other stakeholders before they were approved.
If it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of CH that the proposed work meets Board-approved policies and will not affect the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches or pollution or the conservation of land, CH may grant permission for the proposed work.