The following information was taken from my FOCA September Elert: Regarding ‘Shoreline work permit’ requirements.
” With some changes as recommended by FOCA, and others, the MNR changed the work permit requirements for the following activities, effective January 1, 2014:
• Maintenance dredging;
• Relocation of rocks and/or boulders for boating and swimming access;
• Mechanical removal of native aquatic vegetation for swimming or boating access;
• Mechanically removing invasive aquatic vegetation.
• Construction of buildings for mineral exploration and development;
• Maintenance, repair or replacement of existing erosion control structures.
These changes are related to O. Reg. 239/13 and permits made under the Public Lands Act – Activities on Public Lands and Shore Lands – Work Permits and Exemptions.
Some further Background:
Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR): Modernization of Approvals Initiative
In 2013 MNR released a policy paper describing how they plan to “modernize” their approvals process and remove a number of regulatory controls, including eliminating the need for approvals from MNR where an activity will have “little impact”. The approach will instead rely on establishing rules that must be complied with.
Work permits are a regulatory tool used by the MNR to control specific activities occurring on public lands, including the beds of most navigable waters, and shore lands. This includes constructing or placing a building; constructing a road, trail or water crossing; dredging or filling shore lands; and the removal of aquatic vegetation.
The proposal considered means that proponents would no longer be required to obtain work permits for these activities but instead will be required to voluntarily comply with rules set out in regulations under the Public Lands Act. Projects that do not comply with the proposed rules still require a work permit.
FOCA and our members are committed to the sustainable use and responsible oversight of our waterfronts, and our aquatic resources. FOCA is concerned that this “permit by rule” approach may reduce the protections afforded these important resources.”
The Information above was taken from the September 3/2015 Foca Elert newsletter.
For Aylen lake, Ont. and the lakes of South Algonquin; ‘Shoreline work’ inquiries should be directed to:
The Bancroft ‘MNR Office’ for permits & requirements, and/or the Township of South Algonquin Office, in Whitney, Ont.
Thank you for your interest.
Enjoy the great outdoors everyone!