The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA)

Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act

  • Revised in 2012
  • Approved by the Ontario Legislature in June 1973  
  • Legal basis for Commission operations and Niagara Escarpment Plan  
  • Inaugural meeting held on November 6, 1973  
  • Commission directed to prepare Niagara Escarpment Plan  
  • Plan approved by Cabinet in June of 1985, June of 1994 and June of 2005.  

Purpose of the Act:

  • "To provide for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment and to ensure only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment" (Section 2)  

Provisions of the Act:

  • Appointment of members and staff  
  • Objectives for the Niagara Escarpment Plan  
  • Procedures for Plan preparation, Plan reviews, hearings, amendments and conformity  
  • Regulations for establishing development permit requirements and exemptions  
  • Procedures for development control appeals, hearings and contraventions  









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