Development applicants have two methods for determining Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) setbacks from watercourses for fish habitat through the City’s Zoning Bylaw and the provincial Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR):
If both above methods result in SPEA setbacks that will still not allow for proposed development to proceed, development applicants have the option of applying for, and obtaining, federal authorization from Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO). While applicants can complete this application on their own, it is strongly recommended that a QEP is retained to submit the application to DFO on the applicant’s behalf.
Please review this Riparian Areas Protection Regulation RAPR Summary Guide (PDF) for more detailed information.
Please be advised that additional environmental setbacks may apply, including:
Other Considerations when Developing near Watercourses
Under the provincial Water Sustainability Act (WSA), “changes in or about a stream” include:
If proposed development includes changes in or about a stream, such as stream crossings or culvert/headwall installations and removals, an application may be required under the WSA and submitted for provincial review.
There are two (2) types of WSA applications:
Areas near watercourses may provide critical habitat for plants or animals protected under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA).
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