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Shoreline Management Plan 2000 remains in effect.
Shoreline Management Plan 2000 remains in effect.

2015-2018 Update of Shoreline Management Plan (2000)

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    About the Shoreline Management Plan Update

    We thank you for your continued interest in the work to update the current Shoreline Management Plan (2000). We look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure policies for management along the shoreline remain based on the best and most current information possible and continue to protect life and property and the public interest in an effective, responsible, and practical manner.

    Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has worked with a local multi-stakeholder Steering Committee, and a consulting team, on technical work to inform the 2015-2017 update of the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).

    The ABCA’s first Shoreline Management Plan was approved in 1994. It was created to help address shoreline hazards related to flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. That plan, created with the help of the community, has reduced damage along the shoreline during severe storms and high water events. This plan was last updated in 2000. It is time to update this important plan again.

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    Moving Forward - February 16, 2017 Report:

    As a follow-up to the 2016 special board meeting, in which staff were instructed to provide the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors with options to re-engage the community in work to update the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) 2000, staff provided a report to the Board on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
     
    At the February 16, 2017 Annual Meeting and Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved the Moving Forward staff report, which outlined recommendations for moving forward in 2017 and 2018.
     
    The report to the Board of Directors is available for download here at this link: 
     
    The Moving Forward report offered several tasks and anticipated completion dates.
     
    Staff recommended the following first five tasks be approved:
     
    1. Respond to those who provided specific technical or process questions in the comments and that have not already been dealt with. This may require a response from outside consultants. Anticipated February to April 2017.
     
    2. Engage a coastal engineer to update the document Considerations for Shore Protection Structures 1994, including providing direction for information required to accompany applications for shore protection to ensure that the shoreline ecosystem and processes are not impacted and negative impacts on other shoreline properties are not created. Staff recommend that a proposal be requested from Baird Coastal Engineers (who authored the original report) for completing this work and this information be provided at the March 2017 Board meeting.   
     
    3. Post all comments and replies to the website. Anticipated by April 2017.
     
    4. Dissolve the current Steering Committee and thank them for their service during early engagement on the project and technical work and invite them to continue to participate in public engagement opportunities which take place through 2017 and 2018.         
     
    5. Arrange for presentations to the Board by consultants and/or staff on climate change, coastal processes, recession rate updates, and shoreline protection. March to May 2017.
     
    The Board also asked staff to present again after implementation of these recommendations.
     
    The report also outlined public engagement opportunities including hosting two open houses, likely in June of 2017. Details regarding the date and locations of these open houses will be released once arrangements are made.

    Contacts and how to stay informed:

    To receive email updates and newsletters on the 2015-2017 Shoreline Management Plan SMP Update you are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter at this link: Subscribe Now 

    Thank you once again. If you have any questions, please contact staff through the staff contact page: Staff Contacts

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    Steering Committee

    A multi-stakeholder Steering Committee has been part of the work to update the current Shoreline Management Plan, since 2015.

    The Steering Committee includes representation from diverse interests including shoreline residents, industry, and municipalities.

    Members (Small 100 KB PDF File)

    Steering Committee Terms of Reference (Medium-sized 300 KB PDF File)

    Steering Committee Meetings

    Meetings of the Steering Committee are open to the public to observe the work of the Steering Committee and the committee provides a 15-minute period at the end of each meeting for questions and scheduled public delegations. 

    Please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority staff in advance if you wish to make a presentation to the Steering Committee at the end of the meeting so that sufficient time can be allotted. 

    You may contact ABCA through the staff contacts page at this link: Staff Contacts Page 

    Steering Committee Archives

    The following are presentations made to the Steering Committee in 2015 and 2016 along with agendas and meeting notes from those meetings:

    Steering Committee - July 15, 2015
    Steering Committee - October 5, 2015
    Steering Committee - January 18, 2016 Update
    Steering Committee - May 12, 2016
    Steering Committee - July 26, 2016
    Steering Committee - October 17, 2016
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    Newsletter                   

    Receive regular updates by subscribing to our free electronic newsletter at this link:

    Shoreline Management Plan Update Newsletter

    For issues of the newsletter click these links:

    Issue Nine - April 21, 2017 (HTML)

    Issue Eight - February 16, 2017 (HTML)

    Issue Seven - November 4, 2016 (HTML)

    Issue Seven - November 4, 2016 (PDF)

    Issue Six - October 27, 2016 (HTML)

    Issue Five - October 5, 2016 (HTML)

    Issue Five - October 5, 2016 (PDF copy of HTML newsletter)

    Issue Four - September 1, 2016 (HTML)

    Issue Three - August 2016 (HTML)

    Issue Two - May 2016 (PDF) 

    Issue Two - May 2016 (HTML) 

    Issue One - November 2015 (PDF)

    Issue One - November 2015 (HTML) 

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    What is a Shoreline Management Plan?

    The objectives of a Shoreline Management Plan are to develop and support solutions to current and future issues and problems along the shoreline. The primary focus of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Shoreline Management Plan is to address the shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development.

    The main objectives of this focus are:

    i.          To reduce or eliminate damage due to periods of erosion, flooding, and dynamic beach movement that may occur to development close to the shore of Lake Huron.

    ii.          To direct new development away from hazardous areas.

    iii.          To help protect existing development from potential impacts of new development.

    This update is needed to meet our commitment to provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline. The Shoreline Management Plan should reflect current mapping, legislation, policies, guidelines, technical information related to shoreline hazards, and current land use trends along the Lake Huron shoreline.

    The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority has invited a Steering Committee, with representation from diverse shoreline and industry interests, to oversee the process to develop the Updated Shoreline Management Plan. We have also retained the services of an experienced consulting team to assist with technical work. 

    The map image above shows the study area.   

    Terms of Reference from Request for Proposals (Large 1 MB PDF File)

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    Online Survey - Thank you for your comments

    We thank everyone who took part in our online survey. This information has helped the Steering Committee to understand some of the concerns and issues you have identified.

    Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and for helping an Updated Shoreline Management Plan be the best document it can be for the future of our watershed communities.

    You may also phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email Alec Scott or Geoff Cade through our staff contacts page

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    Consulting Team

    The consulting team was led by Karen Wianecki, of Planning Solutions Inc., Judy Sullivan, of Aqua Solutions 5 Inc., and Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, University of Guelph. Additional input was provided by Billy Singh, of Terraprobe Inc., and Ryan Mulligan, of Queen’s University. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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    Shoreline Slope Stability Risks and Hazards Fact Sheet for Property Owners

    Ausable Bayfield Conservation has contracted Terraprobe Inc. to create a new fact sheet, for property owners, about Shoreline Slope Stability Risks and Hazards.

    The fact sheet is now available. You may download a free PDF copy of this fact sheet now at this link:

    Shoreline Slope Stability Risks and Hazards Fact Sheet for Property Owners

    This fact sheet has been created to inform shoreline property owners of:

    • Indicators of potential bluff instability and associated risks

    • Best management practices for bluff stability and shoreline areas; and

    • Sources of additional information.

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    Reports

    There are a number of reports on this web page related to the 2015-2017 Update of the current Shoreline Management Plan (2000).

    Reports include:

    • Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines – A discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines with particular reference to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline north of Grand Bend

    Ausable Bayfield Conservation has posted online a discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines. The document is called Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines. That discussion paper focuses on the Ausable Bayfield shoreline north of Grand Bend. You are invited to download this document for free at abca.on.ca. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, wrote the paper. The term cohesive shoreline is used to describe coasts developed in relatively weak sediments which include some silt and clay (to provide the cohesion). Coastal erosion results in the development of cliffs which are called cohesive bluffs to distinguish them from the traditional cliffs formed in hard bedrock.

    The ABCA has also posted another discussion paper that focuses on the potential impacts of climate change on coastal processes across the ABCA watershed area. That paper is called Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes – A discussion paper on the potential implications for coastal processes affecting the SE shoreline of Lake Huron within the jurisdiction of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. This document is also posted for free download on the Shoreline Management Plan page.

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    Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines

    – A discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines with particular reference to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline north of Grand Bend

    This document, Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines, is  a discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines with particular reference to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline north of Grand Bend. This discussion paper has been prepared by Robin Davidson-Arnott, University of Guelph, July 11, 2016. 

    Download a copy of this document at no cost now: Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shorelines 

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    Discussion paper on potential impacts of climate change on coastal processes across ABCA watershed area

    This discussion paper is available for free download. This document identifies the potential impacts of climate change on coastal processes across the ABCA watershed.

    Download Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes - A discussion paper on the potential implications for coastal processes affecting the SE shoreline of Lake Huron within the jurisdiction of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.

    This document has been prepared by Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott (Draft – Version March 31, 2016).

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    Considerations for Shore Protection Structures (1994)

    Considerations for Shore Protection Structures - Baird and Associates 1994

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    Draft Consultant Recommendation Report

    A consulting team doing technical work as part of the update prepared a draft recommendation report. The Steering Committee recommended that the draft report be posted online to provide opportunities for public written comments to help inform development of local policy. ABCA then posted the draft online on September 1, 2016 for public written comments until December 1, 2016. Since the draft was posted, more than 200 people have provided written comments. Some of the comments have been positive towards aspects of the document but the majority of comments have been critical of at least some of the draft report’s recommendations including proposed development guidelines. Many shoreline residents said the consultants’ draft recommendations went too far. The Board of Directors agreed at a November 3, 2016 special meeting. 

    The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) released the Draft Consultant Recommendation Report on September 1, 2016 for 90 days of public review and written comments until the closing of the comment period on December 1, 2016. 

    On October 20, 2016 the  Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors received the Consultants' Recommendation Report for information only. At its meeting the Board expressed serious concern with the recommended shoreline development guidelines contained in the consultants’ report.

    At a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors on November 3, 2016, the Board unanimously approved an amended motion that:
       
    Resolved that the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors declares that it will not implement the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Shoreline Development Guidelines of Section 7.8 in the report (pages 113-117) and does not endorse the underlying principle of ‘managed retreat’ and the outright prohibition of all shoreline protection works, and further, that the Board of Directors continue to endorse the use of policies as contained in the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan and the Board of Directors direct staff to provide options to re-engage the public to update the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan.”

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  • Consultant Recommendation Report
  • Draft Hazard Maps - Appendix C
  • Appendices (apart from maps, which are posted above)
  • A printed copy of the document is also available for review in the office of ABCA, at 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter, for people who do not have convenient access to the Internet. Copies are also available for the public to review at a number of local shoreline libraries. 

    Shoreline property owners and other interested people are invited to review the document, download it for free, and provide written comments to ABCA. To reach the web page, click on the Shoreline Management icon on the abca.on.ca home page or use the search tool on the home page for the Shoreline Management page

    The document is based on current scientific knowledge and provincial policies and was prepared by the consulting team. 

    Written comments or questions may be sent to Alec Scott or Geoff Cade through the staff contacts page at abca.on.ca. If you would like the report in alternate format please contact staff at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

    Staff members sent an update email about the posting to all subscribers of the Shoreline Management Plan newsletter. To subscribe to this free electronic newsletter visit this link: http://eepurl.com/bxn8_5.

    Board approves motion that Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will not implement shoreline management development guidelines proposed in draft report 

    More than 270 people attend Special Meeting of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors; Meeting moved to South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter to accommodate public interest 

    The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors confirmed through an approved amended motion at a Special Meeting in Exeter on November 3, 2016, that the Board does not agree with the draft shoreline management development guidelines proposed by a consulting team in a draft Consultant Recommendation Report. More than 270 interested people, including shoreline residents, almost filled the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter for the Special Meeting. 

    The conservation authority, working with a Steering Committee that includes industry, shoreline, and municipal representatives, started work in 2015 to update the current Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), which has not been updated since 2000. Originally, the update was to be completed in 2016 but ABCA accepted the Steering Committee’s recommendation to extend the work into 2017. 

    A consulting team doing technical work as part of the update prepared the draft recommendation report. The Steering Committee recommended that the draft report be posted online to provide opportunities for public written comments to help inform development of local policy. ABCA then posted the draft online on September 1, 2016 for public written comments until December 1, 2016. Since the draft was posted, more than 200 people have provided written comments. Some of the comments have been positive towards aspects of the document but the majority of comments have been critical of at least some of the draft report’s recommendations including proposed development guidelines. Many shoreline residents said the consultants’ draft recommendations went too far. The Board of Directors agreed at the special meeting. 

    The chairman of the ABCA, Mike Tam, on October 27, 2016, called the November 3 Special Meeting, at the written request of one-third of the Directors, to deal with a notice of motion. The motion in the notice was introduced by director Burkhard Metzger. At the Special Meeting, Metzger also introduced an amendment that changed the motion’s wording from the board “does not intend to” implement to “will not” and that deleted the words “in its proposed form.” Director George Irvin requested recorded votes. The votes were recorded and all members of the Board of Directors voted in favour of the motion as amended. 

    The approved amended motion, moved by Dave Frayne and seconded by George Irvin, was carried and said that: Resolved that the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors declares that it will not implement the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Shoreline Development Guidelines of Section 7.8 in the report (pages 113-117) and does not endorse the underlying principle of ‘managed retreat’ and the outright prohibition of all shoreline protection works, and further, that the Board of Directors continue to endorse the use of policies as contained in the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan and the Board of Directors direct staff to provide options to re-engage the public to update the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan.”

    Chairman Mike Tam thanked the crowd for being polite and cordial as the Board conducted its meeting to consider the motions.

    “A number of people asked that the Board provide additional clarity in a timely way and the calling of a Special Meeting was a way for the directors to reinforce that they are not going to implement the development guidelines proposed by the consulting team,” said Brian Horner, ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. “We appreciate the interest shown by the public and the input they have provided us to date. Staff will now work to provide the Board with options for re-engaging the public and all our partners to update the 2000 Plan.” 

    The primary focus of the ABCA Shoreline Management Plan Update is to address shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. According to staff, updates to the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan would provide and support solutions to current and future issues and problems along the shoreline; reduce damage due to periods of erosion, flooding, and dynamic beach movement that may occur to development close to the shore of Lake Huron; direct new development away from hazardous areas; and help to protect existing development from potential impacts of new development. An updated Shoreline Management Plan should reflect current mapping, legislation, policies, guidelines, technical information related to shoreline hazards, and current land use trends along the Lake Huron shoreline, according to ABCA.

    Ontario Regulation 147/06 (The Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses) is a provincial regulation that gives Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority a regulatory role to help protect life and property in areas including shoreline hazard areas. The conservation authority’s planning and permits program reviews new development proposals along the shoreline. Updates to a Shoreline Management Plan could provide a more consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to ABCA. Updates could provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends. 

    Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management in the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates you may visit this link: Subscribe now

    Agenda

    A draft agenda for the special meeting of the Board of Directors was posted at this link: Draft Agenda - Special Meeting 

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    Other Documents

    Shoreline Management Plan 2000

    Download the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan at this link:

    Download Shoreline Management Plan 2000 (PDF) 5 mb – Very large file

    Shoreline Management Plan 1994

    Download the 1994 Shoreline Management Plan at this link:

    1994 Shoreline Management Plan - This is a 13 MB (huge) PDF file.

    Please contact us if you require these documents in another format. Thank you.

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    Public invited to information open houses on shoreline management 

    Saturday open houses, presentations to take place in June 2017 in Zurich, Thedford 

    People interested in shoreline management in Ausable Bayfield watersheds are invited to attend public information open houses to be held on two Saturdays in June of 2017. 
     
    Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is hosting the two events. The first open house takes place on June 3 in Zurich. The second open house takes place on June 17 in Thedford. The open houses run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. 
     
    There are scheduled presentations on shoreline management topics, during the open houses. The presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. Topics include coastal processes, shoreline recession, shoreline protection, and climate change impacts on the Great Lakes. 
     
    Planned presentations are by Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and by Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng. of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd. 
     
    The open house in Thedford is at the Legacy Recreation Centre Hall, 16 Allen Street. The open house in Zurich is at the Zurich Arena, 15 East Street. 
     
    “We invite shoreline residents and other interested people to attend the open houses in June,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning Supervisor. “These events are a chance to find about the progress of technical studies related to shoreline management and to learn about existing policies as well.” 
     
    Attendees can learn from experts in their fields, meet staff members and share with them any questions or comments they have on the technical work, and share their local knowledge about what they are finding along their shoreline, according to the ABCA. 
     
    ABCA’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), which was last updated in 2000, identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. A copy of the SMP 2000 is online at abca.on.ca. The Conservation Authority started a process in 2015 to begin updating technical information to support updates to the 2000 SMP document. The 2017 open houses are to provide information on the existing plan and current policies as well as an update on the progress of technical work for future updates. (The review of local development policies contained in the SMP 2000 is not expected until 2018, according to ABCA.) 
     
    Updates to the Shoreline Management Plan will provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. Updates will provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends. To learn more about shoreline management in the watershed visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update page online at abca.on.ca at: http://www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=shoreline-management. 
     
    Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management in the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates you may visit this link: http://eepurl.com/bxn8_5. More than 300 people have subscribed to this online newsletter. 
     

    Coastal processes expert speaks to ABCA Board of Directors 

    Video of April 20 presentation is now available online at abca.on.ca 


    Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph prepared two local discussion papers released in 2016. The first was Erosion of Cohesive Bluff Shoreline – A discussion paper on processes controlling erosion and recession of cohesive shorelines with particular reference to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline north of Grand Bend. The second was Climate Change Impacts on the Great Lakes – A discussion paper on the potential implications for coastal processes affecting the Southeast shoreline of Lake Huron within the jurisdiction of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Dr. Davidson-Arnott presented, on the topics of shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection, to the ABCA Board of Directors, at the regular board meeting held on April 20, 2017. The presentation was videotaped professionally and can be viewed on our YouTube page here: Coastal Processes Video - April 20, 2017