AES offers extensive expertise in implementing environmental impact studies to support projects such as: lot severances, plans of subdivision, zoning bylaw amendments, and more. We offer expert guidance in identifying a pragmatic pathway to project approval.

We guide our clients through environmental planning considerations, including reviewing project alternatives, mitigation measures, and all ecological considerations throughout the life of your development application.

Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) and Natural Heritage Evaluations (NHE) are two similarly structured tools for assessing the impacts of development on the natural environment. An EIS/NHE can be used to confirm the presence and extent of natural features, assess the potential impacts of a development proposal, and determine appropriate mitigation measures (e.g., setbacks/buffers) or potential additional approval requirements (e.g., Endangered Species Act authorizations).

Municipalities or other approval/regulatory agencies will typically require that landowners and development proponents complete an EIS and/or NHE to support development in or near ecologically sensitive areas.