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Gambier Island Riparian Areas Protection

The purpose of the provincial Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) is to provide protection for riparian areas from development that would damage fish habitat. Riparian areas broadly refer to streams, lakes, and wetlands, but, the main focus of this initiative is on watercourses and watersheds that support fish habitat. Enacted in 2004, the RAR requires local governments in the province to adopt bylaws to control development within 30 metres of fish supporting streams. The Gambier Island Local Trust Committee and the Islands Trust are working to protect fish habitat through compliance with the British Columbia Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR). 

Why do Riparian Areas Matter? 

Riparian areas are ecosystems that surround rivers, streams, wetlands and other freshwater bodies. These important zones where the land meets the water are characterized by dense vegetation that thrives in moist soils and host a wide variety of plant and animal life.  Riparian areas are vital not only to support the flora and fauna that call them home, but also because they create favourable habitat for anadromous fish (sea-going fish that return to freshwater to spawn), amphibians, and other aquatic species by filtering pollutants, slowing run-off and regulating water temperature.

It is critical that these unique ecosystems be protected from development. The Gambier Island Local Trust Committee is working to protect riparian areas in the Local Trust Area by using Development Permit Areas to require special consideration and protection measures when development is proposed near sensitive freshwater features.

Riparian Areas Regulation - Information Materials

Stream Mapping Reports

Due to the limited watershed data for the Gambier Local Trust Area, basic RAR applicability and mapping was completed in February 2015 for Gambier, Keats, Bowyer, and Anvil Islands. Mapping for the Thormanby Islands occurred in January 2016.

 Staff Reports - Gambier Riparian Areas Regulation

  • 2018-06-28 - Staff Report Riparian Areas Regulation Implementation
  • 2018-04-24 - Staff Report Gambier Riparian Areas Project Charter update
  • 2018-01-25 - Staff Report Gambier Riparian Areas Project update
  • 2017-10-26 - Staff Report Gambier Riparian Areas Project update
  • 2017-08-31 - Staff Report regarding minor amendments to Gambier Island Development Permit Area 3
  • 2017-02-02 - Staff Report regarding expenditures
  • 2016-05-19 - Staff Report presenting Draft Bylaws for RAR on Gambier Island
  • 2016-01-21 - Preliminary Staff Report for RAR on Gambier Island
  • 2015-06-18 - Madrone Report (April 20, 2015) summary - considerations of next steps
  • 2015-03-26 - Memorandum reporting project charter and recent mapping work 
  • 2014-03-20 - Further information on RAR and implementation options
  • 2012-04-05 - Preliminary information on RAR and implementation across all Islands Trust Northern Local Trust Areas

Project Charter

Public Correspondence

  • To be added

Proposed Bylaws can be found on the Bylaws page

 

Keats Island Riparian Areas Protection

Riparian Areas Regulation - Information Materials

Stream Mapping Reports

Due to the limited watershed data for the Gambier Local Trust Area, basic RAR applicability and mapping was completed in February 2015 for Gambier, Keats, Bowyer, and Anvil Islands. Mapping for the Thormanby Islands occurred in January 2016.

Staff Reports - Associated Islands Riparian Areas Regulation

  • 2016-10-13 – Staff Report summarizing responses and suggested amendments to RAR bylaws for Keats Island and Associated Islands
  • 2016-07-28 – Staff Report amending Proposed Bylaws for RAR on Keats Island
  • 2015-11-19 – Staff Report following up on questions regarding RAR on Keats Island
  • 2015-10-01 - Staff Report presenting Draft Bylaws for RAR on Keats Island

Associated Islands (Bowyer, Anvil and Thormanby) Riparian Areas Protection

Riparian Areas Regulation - Information Materials

Stream Mapping Reports

Due to the limited watershed data for the Gambier Local Trust Area, basic RAR applicability and mapping was completed in February 2015 for Gambier, Keats, Bowyer, and Anvil Islands. Mapping for the Thormanby Islands occurred in January 2016.

Staff Reports - Associated Islands Riparian Areas Regulation

  • 2018-03-08 - Memorandum with update on the Gambier Associated Islands Streamside DPA
  • 2017-10-26 - Staff report - Gambier Associated Islands Streamside DPA (Draft Bylaws 146 & 147)
  • 2017-07-27 - Staff report - Streamside Protection DPA (Bowyer and Anvil)
  • 2017-05-25 - Staff report - Gambier Associated Islands Streamside DPA
  • 2017-04-27 - Staff report - Bowyer Island: Orchid Creek RAR Assessment
  • 2016-11-17 - Staff Report - Post-public hearing options for RAR issues on Bowyer Island
  • 2016-03-17 - Staff Report - RAR Bylaw Amendments - Thormanby Island (12 MB file)
  • 2015-11-19 - Preliminary Staff Report - RAR on Anvil and Bowyer Islands

 

Page last updated: 28/03/19
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