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Riparian Areas Protection Regulation Implementation

What is the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation

The purpose of the provincial Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) (formerly known as 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 that support fish habitat. Enacted in 2004, the RAPR requires local governments in the province to adopt bylaws to control development within 30 metres of streams that support fish habitat. The Thetis Island Local Trust Committee and the Islands Trust are working to protect fish habitat through compliance with the British Columbia Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR).

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), 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.

Proposed Development Permit Area No. 1: Riparian Areas

The Thetis Island Local Trust Committee is working to protect riparian areas on Thetis Island by using a Development Permit Area to require special consideration and protection measures when development is proposed near Ralston Creek, which is a RAPR-designated stream. Below please find proposed bylaws, staff reports and background materials related to Riparian Areas Protection Regulation and the proposed Development Permit Area No. 1: Riparian Areas.

Riparian Areas Protection Regulation - Information Materials

Project Charter

Proposed Bylaws

Community Information Meeting and Public Hearing

2021-02-02 - Live stream recording

Staff Reports and Project Documents

2020-11-24 - Staff Report
2020-09-29 - Guide to proposed Development Permit Area on Thetis Island
2020-09-29 - Staff Report
2020-07-21 - Staff Report
2019-08-20 - Staff Report
2019-02-22 - Staff Presentation - RAR Implementation
2019-02-22 Memorandum - 3rd Party Review Results
2017-08-29 CIM - Staff Presentation
2013-11-20 Staff Report
2012-11-21 Staff Report
2012-10-06 Staff Report
2012-04-18 Staff Report
2011-05-24 Staff Report
2010-07-21 Staff Report


Map showing RAR streams with buffers for Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area
Map showing Ralston Creek Watershed
RAR Stream Identification of the Ralston Creek Watershed, March 2011

Bylaw Referral Responses

2020-10-06 - Islands Trust Conservancy
2020-08-04 - Cowichan Valley Regional District
2020-07-31 - Cowichan Tribes


2021-01-20  - I. Ralson to LTC
2021-01-19 - Staff Response to I. Ralston
2020-09-28 - Staff Response to I. Ralston
2020-09-28 - I. Ralston
2019-08-20 I. Ralston to LTC
2019-08-20 Submission from A. Schmidt
2017-02-17 - Meadow Valley Properties Letter to Thetis LTC
2016-11-21 - Ministry letter to Local Trust Committee
2016-07-20 Meadow Valley Properties Strata letter to LTC
2013-05-28 - I. Ralston to LTC
2012-11-20 - J. Gagnon to LTC
2012-11-19 - Lawyers for I. Ralston
2011-12-06 - I. Ralston to LTC
2011-09-27 - Letter to Meadow Valley Properties
2011-09-27 - I. Ralston to LTC



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