Proposal to amend Public Lands Act Ontario Regulation 161/17 to allow wood storage yards to occupy Crown lands as a free use
Ontario Regulation 161/17
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Public Lands Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the proposal. The proposal was implemented by an amendment to Ontario Regulation 161/17 and filed with the Registrar on April 15, 2021.
The regulation as amended will become effective on July 1, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no new administrative costs associated with this proposal. It is not anticipated that there will be government or industry time savings due to this proposal, as the same amount of effort will be placed into planning for wood storage yards in the forest management planning process as would have been involved in applying for a PLA land use permit.
The benefits to industry will be in the efficiencies gained through alignment of all aspects of forest management planning into one process, the direct savings of not having to pay PLA land use permit fees and in the benefits of a higher degree of public engagement (consultation) regarding the siting of yards (i.e., the forest management planning process affords multiple opportunities for public consultation).
February 12, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Forest Sector Strategy committed to streamlining the planning and approval process for forestry wood storage yards on Crown lands. The Forest Management Planning Manual was revised in June 2020 to allow for wood storage yards to be approved as part of the overall forest management planning process. This proposal is to remove the duplicative Public Lands Act (PLA) occupational authority requirement for wood storage yards, since they will now be authorized in forest management plans.
Program and Policy Advisor
Crown Forests and Lands Policy Branch
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
300 Water Street, 5th Floor North
January 7, 2021