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Proposed Shore Policy Changes, Dynamic Beach Areas

This map shows, in red, those properties to which the new proposed policy (2021), in dynamic beach areas only, would apply.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) proposes changes to some shoreline policies in dynamic beach areas; invites public to comment 
ABCA accepting written comments, on proposed shore protection structure policy changes, in regulated dynamic beach areas

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors invites the public to provide written comments on some proposed shoreline policy changes related to shore protection structures in regulated dynamic beach areas. The proposed policy changes do not apply to all shoreline areas but only beaches classified as dynamic.

The loss and buildup of sand is a natural part of the shoreline process in a dynamic beach area but recent high lake levels have made the loss of sand more pronounced. In areas where some landowners have previously existing shore protection structures, some neighbouring landowners have also requested permits. 

The proposed policy changes are, in part, a response to this, to make it possible to consider approval of shore protection structures for those property owners in those areas.

“Policies in bluff areas do not change and most policies in dynamic beach areas stay exactly the same,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning Manager. “The only changes are to policies related to new shore protection structures, and maintenance or replacement of old ones, in regulated dynamic beach areas.”

The ABCA Board of Directors has approved release of the proposed policies to the public for written comments prior to consideration for approval. ABCA is receiving public written comments on the proposed changes until Friday, March 5, 2021.

To review the proposed policy changes, and to provide written comments, please visit this web page:


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