Innisfil, ON – The Town of Innisfil is launching a new partnership service with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA).
This partnership gives both organizations the opportunity to improve their customer service during the busy construction season.
Starting on Thursday, May 16, and continuing through the summer and fall, a LSRCA representative will be available at the Innisfil Town Hall for permit consultations.
Appointments will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. To book an appointment with the LSRCA representative, Mr. Stevenson, property owners may call 705-436-3740 Ext. 1502.
Appointments will be at the Innisfil Town Hall, 2101 Innisfil Beach Road, or, in some cases, on-site at the property involved.
If Innisfil property owners are planning to do work near a lake, river, stream, steep slope, valley land or wetland, they may require approval from their local Conservation Authority, either the LSRCA or Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA).
Mr. Stevenson will assist property owners with LSRCA consultations, permits and application help, as it relates to permits under Ontario Regulation 179/06 (described below), including:
• Pre-consultations with property owners prior to them making application for a permit;
• Providing explanations as to why properties are regulated;
• Helping applicants fill out the permit application and informing them of requirements for plans/drawings;
• Accepting completed permit applications from applicants; and,
• Attending site meetings with permit applicants.
If property owners are not sure if they require a permit they should contact either the LSRCA at 905-895-1281 or the NVCA at 705-424-1479.
They can also go online to determine through mapping if their property is regulated; mapping can be found on the organizations website, www.lsrca.on.ca or www.nvca.on.ca.
Ontario Regulation 179/06 - Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses: Ontario Regulation 179/06 is implemented under the Province of Ontario’s direction and technical standards to address natural hazard management such as flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, pollution or the conservation of land with the intent to protect life and property.
Photo (L-to-R): Taylor Stevenson, Environmental Planner – LSRCA, and Tim Cane, Manager of Land Use Planning – Innisfil, finalize the service arrangement.