Coyle Creek and Draper's Creek Floodplain Mapping

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The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is in the process of updating floodplain mapping for Coyle Creek in Pelham and Draper's Creek which flows through both Pelham and Welland. An important part of this process is engaging our community, particularly those who live in the vicinity of these creeks.

The project began in April 2023 and NPCA has since then hosted two information sessions to receive input from the community.

Residents are once again invited to attend a third information session on February 8, where staff and engineering teams will present the proposed draft maps for both creeks and obtain additional feedback.

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This portal will house important documents that all are welcome to review, a project timeline which outlines the process for updating the floodplains, and frequently asked questions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED & PARTICIPATE:

1. Attend Information Session #3 on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the Welland Civic Square.
2. Review presentations from the two information sessions and the proposed draft mapping and provide feedback or questions through the Q&A tool below.
3. Email written comment to Tim Mereu, Program Manager of Floodplain Mapping Projects, at tmereu@npca.ca.
4. Mail in your written comment to NPCA head office at 250 Thorold Rd 3rd Floor, Welland, ON L3C 3W2.

Online Feedback:

Members of the community are welcome to also review all the available documents and provide feedback through the online Q&A tool below.

Following the Feb. 8 in-person session, there will be a 14-day commenting period until Feb. 22 where the public can provide additional feedback on the proposed draft maps.

VIEW THE DRAFT MAPPING HERE

We encourage you to continue checking back for updates on this floodplain mapping project.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is in the process of updating floodplain mapping for Coyle Creek in Pelham and Draper's Creek which flows through both Pelham and Welland. An important part of this process is engaging our community, particularly those who live in the vicinity of these creeks.

The project began in April 2023 and NPCA has since then hosted two information sessions to receive input from the community.

Residents are once again invited to attend a third information session on February 8, where staff and engineering teams will present the proposed draft maps for both creeks and obtain additional feedback.

__________________________________________________________________

This portal will house important documents that all are welcome to review, a project timeline which outlines the process for updating the floodplains, and frequently asked questions.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED & PARTICIPATE:

1. Attend Information Session #3 on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the Welland Civic Square.
2. Review presentations from the two information sessions and the proposed draft mapping and provide feedback or questions through the Q&A tool below.
3. Email written comment to Tim Mereu, Program Manager of Floodplain Mapping Projects, at tmereu@npca.ca.
4. Mail in your written comment to NPCA head office at 250 Thorold Rd 3rd Floor, Welland, ON L3C 3W2.

Online Feedback:

Members of the community are welcome to also review all the available documents and provide feedback through the online Q&A tool below.

Following the Feb. 8 in-person session, there will be a 14-day commenting period until Feb. 22 where the public can provide additional feedback on the proposed draft maps.

VIEW THE DRAFT MAPPING HERE

We encourage you to continue checking back for updates on this floodplain mapping project.

Ask us a question!

Thank you for your interest in the Floodplain Mapping project for Coyle Creek and Draper's Creek. A comprehensive consultation and engagement process will help keep residents informed and provide an opportunity for participation and feedback. 

Kindly remember to specify if you are providing feedback regarding Coyle Creek or Draper's Creek, as this will help us gather the necessary information to respond to your inquiry.

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    Us coyle creek a municipal drain

    Joe Boersema asked 30 days ago

    Hello Joe, thank you for your question.

    There are several municipal drains that are also tributaries of Coyle Creek. These municipal drains include Nunn Drain, Swayze Drain, Disher Drain, Big Creek Drain, Ridgeville Drain West Branch, and Ridgeville East Branch.

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    Are the New proposed Flood Plain Maps, done by Computor via stats, or by viewing the areas in Person ? If the New Flood Plain goes above currently built houses, How does that affect their Insurances ?

    Sam Kalmuk asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Sam, thank you for your question. The new floodplain maps are generated by a combination of field visits and surveying of culverts at road crossings, detailed topographic mapping provided by the province, and computer modelling.

    Any questions related to insurance coverage should be directed to your insurance provider to discuss whether new floodplain mapping produced by the local conservation authority that shows your property in the floodplain (if that is the case) would impact your insurance.

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    what are your plans to clean out the creek so water flows instead of backing up?

    lou asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Lou, thank you for reaching out through this portal. Please note that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) does not actively clean out watercourses. This would be the responsibility of the private landowner to undertake any works to clear out debris in watercourses that are located on their properties.

    Works to clean debris out of creeks may require work permits from NPCA, and we encourage landowners to contact our Planning and Development department before they begin any works within or adjacent to watercourses to determine if a permit is needed. Planning staff can be reached at planninginfo@npca.ca.

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    Is flood plain mapping a necessary step before the region can reclassify or rezone land previously considered protected from development because it is within the 100 yr flood plain? And have the legislated changes mentioned in your April 2023 presentation made such rezoning of Drapers Creek flood plain more or less likely?

    Tim asked 4 months ago

    Hello Tim, thanks for your question. Yes, the floodplain mapping is a necessary step to mapping and regulating natural hazards. Any development within the regulated floodplain (100-year for Coyle Creek and Drapers Creek) is subject to the policies of the NPCA and the municipality. The policies provide specific direction regarding what can and cannot be built in the regulate floodplain.

    For more information on NPCA’s planning and permitting policies please visit: https://npca.ca/services/permits. The legislative changes affecting the conservation authority’s roles and responsibilities does not change the mandate of the NPCA to identify, map and manage the 100-year floodplain within the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

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    What did the pre-development analysis of the habitat reveal and what is currently remaining In Draper Creek? What will be restored?

    Nancy asked 4 months ago

    Hello Nancy, thanks for reaching out with your inquiry. 

    For this project, we only calculated surface runoff from rain and snow from the urban and rural areas to aid us in calculating the regulatory floodlines. We did not assess habitat or areas that could be restored within the creeks.

    NPCA does however, engage with the community and partners on restoration projects to enhance habitat within our watershed. For more information about our restoration program, please visit: https://npca.ca/restoration

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    Will the updated floodplain mapping increase the area within our private property designated as wetlands/woodlots, thus more restrictions/permitting on private property?

    Jade asked 11 months ago

    Hello Jade, thanks for your question and our sincere apologies for the delayed response. 

    This particular project is focused on mapping the floodplain that the NPCA regulates, and permits may be required from the NPCA for work a landowner does within or adjacent to the floodplain. The project does not involve mapping woodlands or wetlands.

    Landowners could build accessory structures, additions to existing buildings (up to 46.5 square metres) and new agricultural building within a floodplain provided certain criteria and policy objectives of the NPCA are met. It is recommended that landowners within or close to a floodplain regulated by the NPCA speak to our planning staff to discuss what they would like to do on their properties and if there are restrictions and permit requirements. Planning and permitting questions can be directed to planninginfo@npca.ca

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    I submitted a comment asking where Coyle and Draper's Creeks are. The boundaries of the areas are quite prominently displayed. However, I should have noted that the background layer showing municipal roads etc. is so faint that I found it illegible.

    fonthill@cogeco.ca asked 11 months ago

    Hello! We sincerely apologize for the late response. We have attached an updated map that notes the primary road ways (see important links and documents). We hope this helps, please reach out if you need anything else. 

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    I missed the session for Coyle/ Draper's. My question is for the Disher drain which begins it's path on my property. Will any new policies be of concern for it. Are all the watersways for the 5 big creeks of any importance as well

    1Springpeep asked 11 months ago

    Hello! We sincerely apologize for the late response. We have attached a figure that illustrates which sections of Disher Drain will be mapped with floodlines. 

    If it is not clear whether your property is in the area to be mapped then pleased send us your address at planninginfo@npca.ca and we can confirm.

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    Hi, are there plans to reroute any of the creek? Will it affect the property owners who are on wells in the Pelham area?

    Vanessa Blair asked 11 months ago

    Hello Vanessa, thanks so much for your inquiry. 

    The Coyle Creek and Draper’s Creek Floodplain Mapping Project is a study to map the extent of the 100-year floodplain, which is regulated by the NPCA. Proposed works within a regulated floodplain may require a permit from the NPCA.

    This study does not include any plans or proposals to divert watercourses and it is only a mapping project. The study area does include rural areas where properties may be serviced by private wells.

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    What? Is the info session in wellandport (as per post card) or in Fonthill (as per website)? Where are Coyle Creek and Draper's Creek?

    fonthill@cogeco.ca asked 11 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question. We apologize for the confusion. Please note the information session for the Coyle Creek and Draper’s Creek Floodplain Mapping Project will be held April 11, 5-8 pm, presentation at 6pm, at the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham located at 100 Meridian Way, Fonthill, ON, L0S 1E6.

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