The Ministry of Transportation receives the application and evaluates it according to various criteria.

Factors that they consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural hazards, such as flooding, erosion, landslides, or avalanches
  • Adequacy of sewer, water, and other services
  • Size and shape of lots
  • Public interest issues, pursuant to Section 85(3) of the Land Title Act.
  • Adequacy of open spaces and walkways
  • Preservation of natural features
  • Compatibility of overall subdivision pattern with the neighborhood
  • Opportunity for future subdivisions
  • Adequacy of buildable area
  • Adherence to Ministry construction standards
  • Adequacy of roads, lanes, and emergency vehicle access
  • Legal and reasonable access to all lots being created, lands beyond and access to water, as per requirements of Section 75 of the Land Title Act
  • Drainage

Ministry Reviews Application and Sends to Referral Agencies

The District Development Technician will review your application and refer it to other agencies, such as the Regional Health Authority or the Regional District, for their recommendations or approval. The District Technician will review your application with respect to the remaining items.

You will receive a letter that gives you the following information:

  • Acknowledgement that your application has been received
  • A statement about which agencies have been asked to review your proposal
  • An estimate of the time it will take to get to the notice of preliminary layout review

The letter will contain the file number assigned to your proposed development. Keep this number handy for reference whenever you contact the Ministry about the application.

Design and Review by Professional Engineer

Any works subject to Ministry review that fall within the scope of “engineering” under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act will be performed by a Professional Engineer, and shall comply with the Ministry’s “Engineer of Record and Field Review Guidelines” .

Application Goes to Approving Officer

After receiving all referral agency responses and conducting his or her own review, the Development Technician may send your application to the Approving Officer for preliminary consideration (see 2.4.1).

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/DA/Subdivision_Home.asp) to make sure you version is sufficiently current.