Has City Hall told you that you need a Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) Assessment?
Here are the 5 Steps for getting your project approved through the Province of B.C.'s Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) process:
1. Find and hire a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to obtain any background information pertaining to your property (i.e. aerial photos, online municipal mapping, provincial data, etc.);
2. Your QEP will then perform a site visit to gather the required data associated with the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) Assessment; including stream widths and angle measurements, habitat classification, overall riparian health, as well as taking photos;
3. Your QEP will also assess whether other professionals will be required based on the overall site conditions to help determine the Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) (i.e. Arborist, Geotech, Professional Engineer, Hydrogeologist, Erosion and Sediment Control Professional (CPESC), etc.);
4. Your QEP will then fill out and submit the online reporting template provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO RD) to determine the SPEA, which will include a detailed RAR assessment, aerial mapping, photos, as well as other studies as required by other professionals; and
5. FLNRO RD will review the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) Assessment as to whether it conforms with the correct RAR methodology, and will grant approval of the QEP-determined Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA).
The Province usually takes about two weeks to review the RAR Assessment once it has been submitted.
All-Terrain Consulting Ltd. specializes in RAR Assessments, and is able to get out to site within the week, and have the RAR submitted online quickly to obtain the approvals you require in a timely fashion to keep your project on track.
Give us a call at (778) 230-4174 to get your RAR approved, or with any questions you may have.