Riparian Areas Protection Regulation Assessment

Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) assessments may be required when considering residential, commercial or industrial developments near or within watercourses and wetlands, as they are subject to federal and provincial government regulations (e.g., RAPR). RAPR 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 RAPR setbacks for any project.

On-site assessments will be conducted and a RAPR assessment report will be prepared for the proposed development. The RAPR 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 RAPR assessment is one of the components required to be completed with a DVP is requested. A copy of the RAPR 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.

RAPR 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 RAPR 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 Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) assessments, bird nest surveys, fish and wildlife salvages, environmental monitoring, and the preparation of Ecosystem Development Plans (EDP), Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP), and Invasive Species Management Plans (ISMP).