Planning & Permits
Ontario’s Conservation Authorities were formed under of the Conservation Authorities Act to address natural resource issues such as deforestation, soil erosion, flooding, and degraded water quality. The Conservation Authorities Act recognizes that natural resources are best managed on a watershed basis.
Lower Trent Conservation is committed to the protection of the natural resources within the Trent River valley and adjacent watersheds along Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte for everyone’s benefit. We believe that sound planning is a critical part of protecting the land and water resources across the region.
We strive to:
- prevent the loss of life and property due to flooding and erosion
- conserve and enhance natural resources
Lower Trent Conservation does this in two ways. We regulate development activities in environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, shorelines and waterways through Ontario Regulation 163/06 (Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation).
We also work with municipalities to review development applications within or adjacent to natural areas to ensure they meet local and provincial environmental standards.
These efforts allow an expert team of staff (experienced in water resources, engineering, biology, hydrogeology, municipal planning and other elements of natural resource management) to promote clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the watershed.
If you are planning a project, you may need a permit, approval under the Planning Act or both. If you are unsure what you need, contact Lower Trent Conservation at (613) 394-4829 for details.