Photograph of qualified environmental professionals collecting field data for a detailed RAR assessment in Crofton.
A detailed assessment as defined by the BC Ministry of Environment is an assessment performed under the Riparian Areas Regulation according to the detailed assessment protocols. The assessment protocols provide a defined and detailed methods 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 detailed RAR assessment has a smaller setback than a simple RAR assessment resulting in more 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 on-site conditions, then prepares a detailed RAR assessment report which is normally submitted to the Ministry of Environment on-line. A detailed RAR assessment often requires several QEPs of different specialities (surveyors, biologists, geotechnical engineers, etc.) depending on site conditions. For more information, please read the RAR Assessment Methods.
Balanced conducts random surveys to ensure that all its pricing is completive. We offer detailed RAR assessments as low as $5,000 plus tax - please contact our office to obtain a proposal free of charge. Terms and conditions apply.
An assessment can be performed as quickly as 10 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 approximately 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 detailed 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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