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. Rudyk v. Halton Region Conservation Authority

In Rudyk v. Halton Region Conservation Authority (Div Ct, 2021) the Divisional Court set out some basics of the Conservation Authorities Act:
[4] The Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27, provides for the establishment of conservation authorities in municipalities in Ontario. Section 28(1) of the Act gives conservation authorities the power to establish regulations addressing various matters, including “prohibiting, regulating or requiring the permission of the authority for development if, in the opinion of the authority, the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches or pollution or the conservation of land may be affected by the development”.

[5] Section 28(25) of the Act defines “development”, which includes:
(a) the construction, reconstruction, erection or placing of a building or structure of any kind,

(b) any change to a building or structure that would have the effect of altering the use or potential use of the building or structure, increasing the size of the building or structure or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure…



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