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OTTAWA, September 14, 2022 – The RVCA is concluding work updating floodplain mapping along the realigned portion of the Van Gaal Drain in the Village of Richmond.

Members of the public are invited to review the draft regulation and hazard maps during the public consultation period between September 12 to October 14, 2022. Draft mapping is available online at and members of the public can connect with an RVCA Resource Specialist to understand how the mapping may affect their property. RVCA Resource Specialists can be reached by email () or phone (613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1132 or 1193).

A public open house will also take place on October 5, 2022 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre (6095 Perth Street, Richmond).  

The new mapping shows areas that are subject to natural hazards such as flooding and unstable slopes. The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa when updating its Official Plans and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made — keeping people and property safe.

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Project Status: Active

Posted: September 12, 2022

OpenHouseMapVanGaal.jpgThe Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, has recently embarked on a hazard mapping update  for the realigned Van Gaal Drain in the Village of Richmond. This mapping identifies changes to flood prone areas and where new development is to be allowed, restricted or prohibited in accordance with provincial and municipal planning policies.

These maps have been traditionally known as “floodplain mapping” or “regulation mapping” and they show areas that are prone to natural hazards such as flooding, erosion and natural environment features such as wetlands. 

Mapping and regulating natural hazard areas ensure safe and sustainable development. Development projects within these areas must obtain permission from the Conservation Authority before proceeding (Ontario Regulation 174/06, Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses). When completed, the mapping will also be used by the City of Ottawa when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) invites you to participate in the public consultation process regarding this mapping update from September 12 to October 14, 2022.

You can participate by viewing draft maps online (see links below) and by contacting an RVCA Resource Specialist (phone 613-692-3571, toll-free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1132 or 1193, email . You can also join us at our public open house. 


Van Gaal Drain Hazard Land and Regulations Mapping Open House
Richmond Memorial Community Centre (Seniors’ Room)
6095 Perth Street, Richmond
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
4:30 to 8 p.m.

This consultation period and open house offer the opportunity for RVCA staff to respond to any questions that you may have regarding the mapping and collect your input about local conditions.

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    International_Plowing_Match_banner_2022.jpgYour Eastern Ontario conservation authorities were thrilled to be back at the Plowing Match to showcase the many ways we help communities protect their natural resources while steering clear of natural hazards. On this page you’ll find links to your local conservation authority, which will take you to information about stewardship grants, planning and regulations, conservation areas and more. Below, you’ll also find some key digital resources to help you implement best practices on your own property.

    Not from Eastern Ontario? Click here to search with your postal code. 


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     How to submit digital paperwork:

    1. Access all forms and fee information by clicking here.

    2. Be sure that the application is in PDF format (including photos). 
      • Consider using apps such as Turbo Scan that convert jpeg photos into PDF documents. 
      • Upgrading software on office desktop to Adobe Pro to be able to edit PDF documents.

    2. Electronic files that accompany the email request/instruction must be applied as an ATTACHMENT.

    3. Email your application to the intake email address identified by your municipality listed here.

    4. Watch for payment details. Directions on how to make payment will be sent to your inbox. Please note, payments must be received to activate the permitting process.

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     When reporting a failing system or other occurrences please contact your local conservation authority. You will need to provide the following information upon calling our office for the property in question:

    • Name of Property Owner
    • Civic Address (Ex. 3889 Rideau Valley Dr.)
    • Municipality
    • Complaint (e.g., I can see sewage pooling on my neighbors’ septic bed)
    • Are you a neighbour, councillor, or installer? From the Health Unit, By-Law Office or Building Inspector?

    Please note all reports are kept confidential

    If you would like to receive a response from us ensure you leave contact information otherwise we will treat this as an anonymous report.

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