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Plan Input & Review

Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) staff provide written comments to municipalities on applications made under the Planning Act as part of the Provincial One Window Review Service. LPRCA provides comments representing the provincial interest in regards to Natural Hazards under Section 3.1 of the Provincial Policy Statement as delegated through the Memorandum of Agreement between Conservation Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

LPRCA review may include:

    • Official Plans and Official Plan Amendments
    • Zoning By-Laws and Zoning By-Law Amendments
    • Plans of Subdivisions and Condominiums
    • Site Plans
    • Consent to Sever (Severances)
    • Minor Variances
    • Any other planning activities under the Planning Act

As LPRCA is only providing recommendations to the municipal partner, it is important to note that an application successfully approved under the Planning Act process, which falls within the area jurisdiction of the LPRCA still requires permission from LPRCA under Ontario Regulation 41/24. Decisions made under the Planning Act by that planning authority do not bind the LPRCA or alter the requirements for permission under the Conservation Authorities Act permitting process.

For more information about Land Use Planning, please contact your respective municipality or visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Citizen’s Guide to Land-Use Planning.

Plan Review Fees vary depending on the type and scale of the proposal. View the Fee Schedule.

Regulations versus Plan Input and Review

Administration of the Regulations and Plan Input and Review are complementary yet distinct functions. The ‘principle of development’ is established through the Planning Act approval processes, whereas the Conservation Authorities Act permitting process, similar to the Building Permit process, identifies the specific site requirements prior to activities taking place.

Technical Advisory Services

LPRCA also provides technical advisory services to its member municipalities for planning applications. In this capacity, LPRCA staff provide technical input regarding environmental impacts which applies to a range of matters including but not limited to natural hazards, natural heritage, water quality and quantity. The range of technical advisory services varies by municipality. LPRCA currently has Memorandums of Understanding with Norfolk County and Haldimand County.