Photograph of qualified environmental professionals collecting field data for a simple RAR assessment in North Vancouver.
A simple assessment as defined by the BC Ministry of Environment is an assessment performed under the Riparian Areas Regulation according to the simple assessment protocols. The assessment procols provide a defined and simple method for a Qualified Environmental Professional, or QEP, to determine what riparian setback should be around a watercourse. Although there are exceptions, the rule of thumb is no works shall be performed within the riparian setback to preserve the integrity of the stream.
An RAR assessment is required when any works are being performed on a property that is 30 metres from the top of bank of a watercourse (ditch, stream, wetland or lake) or even a ravine in southern British Columbia, Canada. The assessment is usually a requirement of many development permits required by the local municipality. There are two types of RAR assessments with two different methodologies - the proponent can decide which one they want to perform based on their budget. In general, a simple RAR assessment has a larger setback than a detailed RAR assessment resulting in less usable area for the property owner.
The assessment requires that a QEP (i.e. Balanced Environmental) is hired by the proponent. The QEP performs research on the property followed by a site visit to confirm onsite conditions, then prepares a simple RAR assessment report which is normally submitted to the Ministry of Environment online. For more information, please read the RAR Assessment Methods.
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An assessment can be performed as quickly as 5 business days - please contact our office for QEP availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Upon completion of the assessment, you will be provided with a written report approximatley 10 pages which includes a drawing of your property and associated stream setbacks. For an example of a report provided by the Ministry of Environment, click here.
Please send us an email at email@example.com or call (604) 988-3033 and ask for a simple RAR assessment. Please provide your address and the nature of the work you wish to perform. Also include any surveys you may have of your property.
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