As a buyer or seller of land, you are required to know the status of any potential environmental constraints or restrictions on a piece of property to fully inform the property transaction.
From neighborhood concept planning to single lot residential, Barsanti Environmental Services will conduct an efficient environmental overview assessment of any property. Part of the land transaction report will include potential development limitations and opportunities for the area that may result from environmentally sensitive features and could impact the value of the property.
If you are planning a rezoning application or development project within 30 m of a waterbody, the local government will require a Watercourse Assessment completed as part of the development permit application. The requirement for a Watercourse Assessment is driven by the Provincial Riparian Areas Regulation, or RAR.
Streams and waterbodies are broadly defined under the RAR: Any water feature that is connected to fish bearing waters must be assessed by a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to determine an appropriate streamside setback that will protect the nearby fish habitat. Streamside setbacks vary from 2 m to 5 m on man-made ditches connected to fish habitat, and from 10 m to 30 m on natural water bodies.
Many municipalities have also enacted measures to protect sensitive wildlife habitat and Species-at-Risk. Often a Wildlife Habitat Assessment is a requirement of the Development Permit process.
Plan Ahead: It is strongly recommended to conduct a Streamside Setback Assessment early in the planning stages of your project so that your design fits within the developable area of your land. If required, a Wildlife Habitat Assessment can be integrated into the field work and reporting.