Riparian Area Regulation Assessment

Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) assessments may be required when considering residential or commercial developments near or within watercourses and wetlands, as they are subject to federal and provincial government regulations (e.g., RAR). RAR requirements will need to be considered in addition to any applicable municipal Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) regulation bylaws and setbacks. Municipal setbacks cannot fall below the federal and provincial RAR setbacks for any project.

On-site assessments will be conducted and a RAR assessment report will be prepared for the proposed development. The RAR report may be used to apply for development permits, such as a Development Variance Permit (DVP). A DVP is required if the proposed development activity involves varying bylaw recommended setbacks. A RAR assessment is one of the components required to be completed with a DVP is requested. A copy of the RAR report will be electronically filed by the QEP into the provincial Riparian Areas Regulation Notification System (RARNS), an online reference database for each professionally assessed watercourse/waterbody.

RAR setbacks are implemented to minimize riparian area impacts and to enhance and maintain ecosystems and critical habitats. PLG’s QEPs are experienced and certified to conduct watercourse and wetland RAR assessments to determine watercourse classifications and setbacks required prior to development.

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Talk to our environmental professionals. Please contact Kyla,a QEP with experience in watercourse assessments, Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) assessments, bird nest surveys, fish and wildlife salvages, environmental monitoring, and the preparation of Sensitive Ecosystem Development Plans (SEDP), Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP), and Invasive Species Management Plans (ISMP).