Table of Contents Environmental Considerations

Environmental Considerations

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.

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