Approving officers, pursuant to
Section 86 of the Land Title Act, have the authority to consider
environmental input in subdivision proposals. The subdivision should
be designed so that it protects the natural environment as much as reasonably
possible. This would include issues such as buffer zones, creekside
protection, groundwater contamination, noxious weeds, wildlife, fisheries
and wildfire concerns. Developers should prepare a plan that minimizes
changes to the existing terrain. See the Ministry of Environment Develop with Care: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia.