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Role of the Approving Officer

Approving Officers are appointed under the Land Title Act. There are four separate jurisdictions:

  • Municipal Approving Officers, whom municipal councils appoint to rule on subdivision proposals within municipal boundaries (Section 77)
  • Regional District and Islands Trust Approving Officers, who are appointed by the Regional District Board or the Islands Trust council to rule on subdivision proposals within the boundaries of those local governments that have assumed the rural subdivision approving authority (Section 77.1.) Currently none of these has approving authority.
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Provincial Approving Officers, whom Cabinet appoints to rule on subdivision proposals outside municipal boundaries and within those regional districts and the Islands Trust boundaries that have not assumed the rural subdivision approving authority (Section 77.2.)
  • Nisga’a Approving Officers, who are appointed by the Nisga’a Lisms Government to rule on subdivision proposals within Nisga’a Lands, including Nisga’a Village Lands (Section 77.3.)

Generally, these Approving Officers have separate jurisdictions of authority for approving subdivision plans.  Municipal Approving Officers can not approve subdivisions in rural areas, and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Provincial Approving Officers do not have the subdivision approval authority within municipalities or in rural areas where a regional district has assumed subdivision authority.  Neither the Provincial nor the Regional District Approving Officers have authority within Nisga’a Lands.

Provincial Approving Officers act independently to ensure that the subdivision complies with Provincial Acts and Regulations as well as bylaws, and to protect the best interests of the public.

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Involvement

In rural areas the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is responsible for maintaining and upgrading public highways.  This includes highways created by rural subdivisions.  Therefore, the Ministry has a regulatory role in determining the highway component for all rural subdivisions.

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