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Riparian Area Regulations (RAR) Assessments

QEP Environmental offers full, in depth Riparian Area Regulation assessments. Riparian areas are zones which surround streams, lakes, and wetlands, where the water meets land. Is there a stream, lake waterfront, wetland, ditch or ravine on or nearby your property? If so, and if you plan residential, commercial, or industrial activity in the vicinity, Riparian Areas Regulations (RAR) may apply to you.

What activities within Riparian Areas do Riparian Area Regulations apply to?

  • » Removal, alteration, disruption or destruction of vegetation
  • » Disturbance of soils
  • » Construction or erection of buildings and structures
  • » Creation of nonstructural, impervious, or semi impervious surfaces
  • » Flood protection works
  • » Construction of roads, trails, docks, wharves and bridges
  • » Provision and maintenance of sewer and water services
  • » Development of drainage systems
  • » Development of utility corridors
  • » Subdivision as defined in section 872 of the Local Government Act:

"Subdivision" means the division of land into 2 or more parcels, whether by plan, apt descriptive words or otherwise;

Should you consider development activities in riparian areas, a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) may be required to carry out an assessment of your development site, in order to determine the physical constraints that your development might have. Work on a RAR assessment typically involves effectively establishing mitigation points, compiling assessment reports, and negotiating with governmental regulators.

To date, QEP Environmental has completed RAR Assessments within the followingresidential and commercial development in different regional districts and municipalities, meeting specialized local requirements:

City of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Naramata, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Lumby, Armstrong, Enderby,  Sicamous, Lake Country, Coldstream, District of Central Okanagan, District of North Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, Fraser Valley Regional District, Greater Vancouver Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chase, Chilliwack, Langley, Coquitlam, Delta, Hope, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, Merritt, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Oliver, Osoyoos, Peachland, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Princeton, Revelstoke, Richmond, Summerland, Surrey, White Rock.

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