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What is an EIS?

The requirement for the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a process that has become entrenched in current environmental planning processes throughout the Province of Ontario.  The intent is that an individual proposing development must demonstrate that the development will not negatively impact the features and functions for which an area has been identified.  Such studies must be completed by a consultant qualified to make such determinations and an explanation of these qualifications must be appended to any submitted study.

Based on County of Simcoe policy an EIS is required in the following circumstances:

  • is required for development proposed within the Greenlands Designation;

  • is required within an identified wetland area that has not been evaluated and classified by the Province of Ontario;

  • may be utilized to satisfy the General Subdivision and Development Policy, 3.3.5, that permits development within identified significant features provided there will be no negative impact.