Tercot Communities

Land Development Permitting in Southwestern Ontario

Full-spectrum geological and ecological services spanning numerous sites and challenges.

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Beginning in the Summer of 2015, Palmer began geological and ecological studies and assessments required for key land development acquisitions and ensuing municipal servicing and permitting.

Assessment sites spanned across Southwestern Ontario including Southwest Queensville, Stouffville, North Oakville, Nobleton, Hamilton, Kitchener and many others throughout GTA. Palmer conducted a wide range of requisite ecological services including environment impact studies, environmental site assessments, species at risk surveys and wetland feature-based water balance. Geotechnical and hydrogeological services filled out the full suite of deliverables necessary to secure approvals and begin construction.

Tercot Communities
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
December 2016 — Ongoing

What We're Doing

By the end of 2016 Palmer had completed Due Diligence studies on over 10 potential acquisitions and provided guidance for Tercot Communities purchase of 4 key properties. In May of 2018 a full suite of studies was completed in support of the Plan of Subdivision application for the South West Queensville property. We have targeted the summer of 2019 to have the environmental approvals and agency sign-off completed providing for the completion of a key component of the development to secure construction to beginning in 2020-21 pending municipal servicing.

Terrestrial Ecology

Multi-disciplinary investigation of terrestrial ecosystems at regional, local and site-specific scale. Analysis includes species interaction with the environment and relevant sensitivities to resource and land development, as well as identification of potentially sensitive terrestrial elements such as groundwater-dependent wetlands, species at risk and critical habitat which may influence project timing and agency approvals.


Site-specific assessments using engineering and environmental methodologies to characterize the physical and chemical conditions of groundwater chemistry in support of design and permitting for clients in the mining, aggregate, land development and infrastructure sectors.

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the study of the behaviour of soils under the influence of loading forces and soil-water interactions. This knowledge is applied to the design of foundations, retaining walls, earth dams, clay liners, and geosynthetics for waste containment.