The City is looking at using a new model when deciding how far back development has to be from bodies of water and environmentally sensitive lands.

Manager of Planning and Development Michael MacIntyre explains that instead of using the city-wide standard of 15 metres, it looks at factors like vegetation and slope on a per-case basis.

“The model would factor those differences into the equation in determining whether you need a relatively modest setback or something more considerable.”

The model will be subject to feedback from industry, environmental groups, and the general public.