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Planning & Regulations

Approximate Regulation Maps. Are you considering an addition or other development projects in the near future?  If so, be sure to check out our Approximate Regulation Maps to see whether your property is within a regulated area.

Environmental Planning and Regulations are two of the most effective measures in providing and maintaining a well balanced healthy watershed, for all those concerned.


Through Environmental Planning and Regulations, we protect the people from the environment and the environment from the people.

The role of the SVCA is to ensure that the natural environment and natural hazards are respected, protected, avoided and / or accommodated.  This is done through the SVCA's 'Development Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation', where permits are reviewed and issued for appropriate works in appropriate locations. 

Regulations help protect life and property from flood and erosion hazards, therImage of effects of Hurricane Hazeleby preventing history from repeating itself as in the case of Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

"..It was a gigantic flood with smashed houses and uprooted trees bobbing like corks, everything going down the river so fast.  Houses crashing into the sides of other houses, people everywhere screaming.  And then you couldn't even hear the screams anymore."       ---- Volunteer fireman Bryan Mitchell (Toronto Star, October 14, 1954)

This type of preventative measure helps to ensure that our watershed and its residents have the best chance of withstanding and recovering from significant flood events in the future.

Our Mandate:  "to prevent loss of life, property damage and social disruption from flood and erosion processes and the conservation of local ecosystems."


Please note, it is the responsibility of the proponent (landowner or contractor), to contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at 1-855-852-8320 or via online by checking to see if their project falls under this legislation.


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