Amendment to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas in order to facilitate a land exchange that will resolve an unauthorized occupation within the Louck Lake Wetland Conservation Reserve (C73) - Amendment #2012-010
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
Louck Lake Wetland Conservation Reserve is a 265 hectares (ha) conservation reserve located in central Ontario about 50 km south of North Bay. It protects a large portion of the Louck Lake Provincially Significant Wetland.
An unauthorized cabin was built within the conservation reserve on Lot 4, Concession 7, Laurier Township. As the occupation is contrary to the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006, the cabin owner was charged and the case brought before the courts.
As part of the legal negotiations, the cabin owner proposed a land exchange with the Ministry of Natural Resources as part of his penalty. The exchange would transfer 40 ha of his adjacent private property including 24 ha of provincially significant wetland, to the Ministry in exchange for 0.13 ha of the conservation reserve land on which the illegally constructed cabin is located. Since approximately 60 per cent of the 40 hectares of acquired lands contains provincially significant wetland, this significant addition would further the protection of provincially significant elements of Ontario's natural heritage and maintain ecological integrity consistent with the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006.
If the proposed land use amendment is approved, a subsequent regulation amendment will be made to Ontario Regulation 315/07 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. No additional opportunity for public comment on the regulation will be provided via the Environmental Registry.
April 29, 2013
Comments Due Date:
June 13, 2013