Once the Niagara Escarpment Commission has made a decision regarding a development permit application, a “Notice of Decision” is sent to the permit applicant, other agencies consulted during the application assessment stage and neighbouring landowners within 120 metres of the incumbent property. The Notice of Decision provides:
- a description of the proposal
- the conditions of approval or the reasons for refusal.
After a Notice of Decision is made, anyone who receives a copy of the Notice of Decision may appeal to the Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Natural Resources and Forestry in writing within 14 days.
Upon receipt by the Niagara Escarpment Commission, an appeal is forwarded to the Environmental Review Tribunal which appoints an independent Hearing Officer from the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office to process the appeal. The Hearing Officer will make a report to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry within 30 days after the conclusion of the Hearing or within such longer period as Minister may permit. The majority of decisions on permit applications are not appealed.
Find out more information about the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office.