Bluff Grading at Coast Goderich
February 28, 2021
Approximately 300 metres of shoreline bluff located south of Bethune Crescent in Goderich is being graded to create a gentler slope toward Lake Huron. Currently, the bluff has a nearly vertical drop to the water which has been identified as a public safety concern. To address this, the developer of Coast Goderich has received approval to grade the slope, including moving soil into the lake.
The bluff material being moved into the lake is at an unstable slope and would have eventually ended up in the water through natural erosion. This graded material will still be distributed by the lake and deposited along beaches to the south.
Maitland Conservation has approved the work based on the results of a Coastal Engineering Study provided by the developer and current Shoreline Development Policy.
The developer has also obtained permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). A permit is required from MNRF because part of the grading is on public land. DFO has reviewed the project to ensure the work will not negatively affect fish species in the area.
Buildings within Coast Goderich are required to be setback according to existing shoreline policies and the approved Plan of Subdivision. The developer will not be allowed to build any closer to the lake as a result of the bluff grading.
Work in the water is expected to conclude by March 15, 2021.
Please click the link below to view the engineering report relating to this grading project:
Baird Report on Bluff Grading at Coast Goderich
For more information please contact:
Kirsten Snoek, Planning Assistant
519-335-3557 ext. 239
Update to Shoreline Policies
Maitland Conservation’s shoreline policies regulate development within the various natural hazards of the Lake Huron Shoreline. An amendment to these policies was approved at the June 17, 2020 membership meeting.
This update allows shoreline landowners with primary structures at the bottom (toe) of the bluff to apply for retaining walls higher than 1 metre. This work still requires an assessment from a coastal specialist or engineer but reduces the need for a full coastal study. Retaining walls higher than 1 metre may only be proposed to protect an existing primary structure (cottage or house) and/or existing septic system. Please note that this applies for structures at or below the toe (bottom) of the bluff NOT on the bluff.
It is important to note that retaining walls are only a short term erosion fix to. Landowners should not expect these walls to prevent the loss of structures in the future. Maitland Conservation encourages landowners in these situations to move their structures away from the shoreline. Please contact us for options regarding decommissioning or relocating structures off these properties if erosion persists.
To view the shoreline policies please click the link below:
We’ve created short videos relating to the shoreline and posted them on You Tube. Thank you to the Ashfield Colborne Lakefront Association for supporting the production of these videos. Thank you also to the landowners who assisted with the project. Click the links below to view the videos:
- Living with Erosion – shoreline and bluff erosion are part of life along Lake Huron
- Shoreline Processes – information on fluctuating lake levels and erosion
- Lake Levels – factors impacting lake levels and projections for 2020
Want more shoreline information?
- Thinking about a shore protection structure in your area? Be sure to review the new factsheet we’ve created: Shore Protection. Then contact Shannon Millar, Shoreline Technician, to discuss your situation before undertaking any work. Shannon can be reached at 519-335-3557 ext. 240 or at email@example.com .
- Check out the other factsheets that have been posted on this page.
- Due to the COVID-19 situation staff are currently working remotely but Cottage Associations and landowners are welcome to reach out to us for on-line presentations on coastal processes and lake levels. We can provide these presentations in a variety of formats and staff are also available by phone and Zoom video conferencing. In addition, recent aerial photos are available to landowners if you would like to see the state of your shoreline without travelling. If you’re interested in an on-line presentation or shoreline photo, please contact Shannon Millar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-335-3557 ext. 240.