Public Notices and Engagement

Aerial drone image of residential communities and natural areas in part of the Conservation Halton watershed.

As part of the delivery of programs and services related to natural hazards, Conservation Halton develops natural hazard and wetland mapping, policies, and technical guidelines. Through the process of developing these products, we engage with the people who live, work and/or have an interest in our watersheds, including residents, landowners, Indigenous communities, developers and municipal and provincial partners. We provide opportunities for people to offer feedback on our programs and services through public engagement on specific studies or initiatives as well as draft mapping, study findings and policies. Public involvement provides greater certainty and transparency on Conservation Halton programs and services, and we benefit from receiving observations about the watershed from the people who experience these watershed conditions.

The following studies are currently open for engagement:

The Planning and Watershed Management Department at Conservation Halton is proposing new “Guidelines for Slope Stability Assessments for Valleys” and we want to hear from you.

The purpose of the “Guidelines for Slope Stability Assessments for Valleys” is to:

1) identify Conservation Halton requirements for a Slope Stability Assessment submission,

2) outline Conservation Halton key expectations for Slope Stability Assessments.

These Guidelines provide clear expectations regarding the approaches and standards that are accepted by Conservation Halton and are used by staff to assess the technical merits of a stability assessment. Applicants completing slope assessments should follow these Guidelines. By doing so, we anticipate quicker and more consistent reviews, fewer resubmissions, and faster approvals.

To support the implementation of the “Slope Stability Assessment Guideline,” we have also developed a “Top of Bank Staking Protocol” for your feedback.

We are looking for feedback from engineers and/or other professionals who are tasked with slope stability assessments. If this is you, we would like to hear from you by July 1, 2022.

A few questions to consider while reviewing:

  • Are the topics covered in this document relevant?
  • Are we missing anything?
  • Is the document clear and easy to follow?
  • Are the images and figures helpful?
  • Are there areas where an additional figure/diagram would be helpful?
  • Feel free to provide any additional comments that you think we should consider.

Please provide your comments to with “Guideline for Slope Stability Assessments” in the subject line. (Please provide comments by July 1, 2022.)

Conservation Halton is conducting a review and update of its wetland mapping and will be looking for feedback. 

Wetlands are the most biologically diverse kind of ecosystem, as they support both aquatic and terrestrial plant and wildlife species. These ecosystems provide a range of benefits, such as flood management, water quality improvement, groundwater replenishment and climate resilience, as well as recreation and economic opportunities, such as for timber, hunting and fishing.

Wetland mapping is used as a screening tool to identify potential wetlands and determine if a property may be regulated by Conservation Halton. Conservation Halton regulates all watercourses, valleylands, wetlands, Lake Ontario shoreline, Burlington Bay shoreline, and hazardous lands, as well as lands adjacent to these features. 

Updated mapping supports the delivery of regulatory and planning programs and helps ensure wetlands are protected. Conservation Halton’s wetland mapping review and update may result in changes to regulation mapping.  



Draft mapping will be available for review and comment from July 13 to September 13, 2022.

To learn more or provide your input:

Lesley Matich
Manager, Planning Ecology
905.336.1158 ext 2323