Authority wants responsible development
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | April 12, 2018
As more cottagers flock to the area, the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority wants to ensure that future development takes the environment into consideration.
On April 4, authority sentatives educated Highlands East council about their regulations program.
“The Crowe Valley regulations program is one of the busiest in the province,” said regulations officer Rob Cole. “We have a lot of development at the watershed that has a lot of natural features.”
Cottage development has been on the rise in recent years and this will continue with the Highway 407 expansion between Toronto and Peterborough, said Cole. By the year 2020, it will connect to Highway 35/115 and Highway 418, according to the Ministry of Transportation. For six decades, the authority has worked in partnership with 10 municipalities to operate 13 dams along the Crowe River, which goes through Haliburton, Hastings, Northumberland and Peterborough, and its tributaries.
A provincial regulation under the Conservation Authorities Act enables the authority to “prevent or restrict development and site alterations near water and wetlands to protect [applicants] and the public from flooding, erosion and other hazards.”
Staff review site applications under the Planning Act and provide comments to municipalities. They charge applicants fees, which were recently increased, for their services. These range from $150 for a site visit to $12,000 for a large subdivision plan.
“We don’t want to prevent development … but we want to make sure the development is done strategically and in a way that will ensure the long-term health of our communities,” he said. Cole’s presentation was received for information only. To learn more, visit crowevalley.com.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.