Cataraqui Conservation to Host Public Sessions for Hazard Mapping

Published on: 2024/01/25 - in News

Cataraqui Conservation has announced two public information sessions to discuss its ongoing natural hazard mapping project along the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River shoreline. The project aims to update the existing hazard maps, focusing on flooding and erosion risks.

The first session, titled the “Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River Hazard Mapping Update Walk-in Open House,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Outdoor Centre at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, located at 1641 Perth Road in Glenburnie. This session offers an opportunity for direct interaction with Cataraqui Conservation staff and representatives from Zuzek Inc., the project consultant.

A subsequent virtual open house will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7:10 p.m. Interested individuals are required to register in advance by contacting Donna Campbell at dcampbell@crca.ca.

The purpose of these sessions is to inform stakeholders and residents about the shoreline mapping project, as well as to gather public feedback. This initiative has gained urgency due to significant flooding events in 2017 and 2019 and the ongoing challenges posed by climate change. The study covers the area from the western boundary of Cataraqui Conservation in the Town of Greater Napanee to its eastern boundary east of Brockville, including the lower Great Cataraqui River below Kingston Mills.

Following these consultations, the hazard mapping will undergo review by Natural Resources Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. It will then be presented to the Cataraqui Conservation Full Authority Board for final approval. The project has received partial funding from Natural Resources Canada through the Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program (FHIMP).

The updated hazard maps will play a crucial role in guiding Cataraqui Conservation’s review of development applications under Ontario Regulation 148/06. They will also assist partner municipalities in updating Official Plans and Zoning Bylaw schedules and in reviewing development applications under the Planning Act.

Residents can view the draft mapping online starting Feb. 7, providing an in-depth look at the project area. Public comments on the project can be submitted at the information sessions or online through a comment form available until Feb. 28.

More information about the hazard mapping project and the public consultation process


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