Planning & Pre-Consultation
Watershed Planning & Development
Major revisions to the Planning Act
in 1996, resulted in the transfer of plan approval authority from the province to municipal councils and/or planning boards. This meant that provincial agencies such as: Environment (MOE); Natural Resources (MNR); Citizenship, Culture and Recreation (MCzCR); Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); and Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) no longer review and provide comments on municipal planning applications. It is now the responsibility of the municipality to ensure provincial interests are considered when creating a local development plan.
Provincial interests include (but are not limited to) such things as: septic system servicing, water quality and quantity issues (MOE), significant wetlands, fish habitat (MNR) and the archaeological potential of a site.
The North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) has been conducting municipal plan reviews in its watershed since 1996, at the request of its member municipalities. The NBMCA also reviews planning applications with respect to the NBMCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands & Alteration to Shorelines & Watercourses regulation and septic system requirements.
Recommendations based on findings of the review are then provided by the NBMCA to the municipality or planning board.