Regulation and Policy Development
TRCA Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and
Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses
TRCA's Regulation, made under the authority of Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, is known as Ontario Regulation 166/06. The full title of the Regulation is Toronto and Region Conservation Authority: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses. The Minister of Natural Resources approved Ontario Regulation 166/06 on May 4, 2006. Ontario Regulation 166/06 is now in force and has replaced our former regulation, Ontario Regulation 158.
The main objectives of Ontario Regulation 166/06 are to ensure public safety and protect property with respect to natural hazards and to safeguard watershed health by preventing pollution and destruction of sensitive environmental areas such as wetlands, shorelines and watercourses. Ontario Regulation 166/06 establishes Regulated Areas where development could be subject to flooding, erosion or dynamic beaches, or where interference with wetlands and alterations to shorelines and watercourses might have an adverse effect on those environmental features. Under Ontario Regulation 166/06, any proposed development, interference or alteration within a Regulated Area requires a permit from TRCA.
Policy and Policy Development
As an agency responsible for managing the renewable natural resources within nine GTA watersheds, the TRCA continuously strives to improve its policies and approach to land use planning and development. Currently, the TRCA is reviewing and developing several policies and programs to help meet the goals of The Living City in conserving the natural features and functions of our watersheds.
Valley and Stream Corridor Management Program
The TRCA recognizes valley and stream corridors as important natural resources that act as the foundation or backbone of The Living City. The TRCA's Valley and Stream Corridor Management Program outlines policies that seek to retain watercourses and valley and stream corridors as open, natural landforms, from the headwaters to the river estuary marshes. These policies guide Planning and Development staff when reviewing applications under Ontario Regulation 166/06 and in commenting on land use planning policy documents and development applications.
TRCA's new draft policy document, The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (The LCP), is currently undergoing public and stakeholder consultation. Once The LCP is approved, it will supercede the VSCMP.