Working group to give input on regulations for conservation authorities

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Waterloo Region — A working group is being formed to give input into new regulations concerning the recently revised Conservation Authority Act.

Hassaan Basit, president and chief executive officer of Conservation Halton, will chair the new group.

This working group will “provide input on the development of proposed regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act, and on how conservation authorities are governed,” according to an Ontario government news release.

Other members of the working group will be announced in the coming weeks, the release said.

The working group will give input to the province on regulations concerning:

mandatory core programs and services conservation authorities will provide

agreements between municipalities and conservation authorities and a transition period for non-mandatory programs

community participation facilitated through community advisory boards

The group will begin meeting in January.

Public input will be accepted through the Environmental Registry early in the new year, according to the release.

The province’s revisions of the Conservation Authority Act under a budget bill earlier this month gave the province control over conservation authorities’ permit process for development, including a last-minute addition requiring conservation authorities to issue development permission if a Minister’s Zoning Order has been issued.

More to come.

Leah Gerber’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about the Grand River Watershed. Email lgerber@therecord.com

Leah Gerber, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Waterloo Region Record