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Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA)

The purpose of the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (NEPDA) is: “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. 

The NEPDA forms the legal basis for the Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) and Niagara Escarpment Commission operations. It includes:

  • procedures for NEP reviews 
  • hearings 
  • amendments  
  • appeals  
  • regulations for setting out the planning area and establishing Development Permit requirements and exemptions.  

The NEPDA also sets out the relationship of the NEP with municipal planning direction and land use policies of other public bodies.   

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