All lands located within the Protection of Riparian Ecosystems DPA as shown on Schedule J, together with all lands on the same parcel as such.
Pursuant to section 488(1)(a) of the Local Government Act, these lands are hereby designated a development permit area for protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biodiversity, and in particular riparian ecosystems. These lands are also designated under section 485 of the Local Government Act as areas in which the municipality may require development applicants to provide information on the anticipated impact of development activities on the natural environment of the area affected.
Riparian ecosystems and their associated streams including wetlands represent areas of high biodiversity and a range of habitat features. They are an important connection between land and water, are important components of the hydrological cycle, function in natural erosion, deposition, and flood mitigation processes, and function as wildlife corridors. Riparian ecosystems also provide a natural setting and visual assets of great significance to the municipality. For all these reasons, riparian ecosystems warrant protection from development. In addition, the municipality is obliged by the Riparian Areas Protection Act and Riparian Areas Regulation to protect water bodies and riparian areas from the effects of residential, commercial and industrial development.