Best Management Practices

Best management practices (BMPs) and guidelines are approaches based on science that, if followed should allow proponents to meet the required standards or achieve desired objectives. There are various BMPs and guidelines that have been developed from provincial standards to more specific approaches at a regional level.

Information can be found on subject areas from watercourse and wetlands to Species at Risk (SAR).

Click here to access provincial and regional best management practices and guidelines. 

Here's a link to access to planning guides throughout BC that provide best practices to adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and lead to sustainable land and water use practices. 

Best management practices and guidelines commonly referred to include:

Develop With Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia

Develop with Care 2014 provides province-wide guidelines for maintaining environmental values during development of lands.  For both community level development and site-specific development, detailed guides for topics such as ecosystem and species protection, green development and building, water management, and hazard management are included. Also, information on the protection of environmentally valuable resources, species and land use based fact sheets, and region-specific information sections that complement the general environmental guidelines can be found in the report. This document promotes ways in which we can retain and create environmental function and resilience as communities grow. Click here to access Develop With Care 2014.

Riparian Areas Regulation Guidebook

Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) is provincial legislation that directs local governments to protect riparian areas from development. Riparian areas are those areas that link water to land such as the borders of streams, lakes, and wetlands. The guidebook is a valuable resource for land owners and developers going through the Development Permit Application process.   The document explains the importance of RAR and provides useful background information on how local governments enact RAR bylaws and policy.

 In the RDCO, RAR is enacted through Development Permit Areas (DPAs) established in Official Community Plans (OCPs). Land developers are required to hire a qualified environmental professional (QEP) to complete an assessment report describing where building can occur and under what conditions. The report will also indicate a site specific streamside protection and enhancement area (SPEA), which is the distance from the water body where no development may occur. Click here to access the Riparian Areas Regulation Guidebook .

Okanagan Large Lakes Foreshore Protocol 2018

The Okanagan Large Lakes Foreshore protocol provides direction to proponents and qualified professionals on requirement for provincial natural resource applications based on environmental sensitivity of a site and the risk of the foreshore development activity. The document applies to any works below the high water mark on the following “large lakes”: Mabel, Sugar, Okanagan, Kalamalka, Wood, Skaha, and Osoyoos. Focus is directed towards three environmental values:  shore spawning kokanee, freshwater muscles, and foreshore plants.  The protocol outlines application/submission requirements and information on when to engage a qualified professional.   Accompanying documents providing specific guidance on conducting surveys and mitigating adverse effects have also been developed to be used in conjunction with the protocol. Click here to access the Okanagan Large Lakes Foreshore Protocol 2018 .

A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living

A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living is a best management practices guide to offer practical solutions for Central Okanagan property owners along the shoreline of Okanagan Lake. The guide provides information for property owners on how they can help protect natural areas and enhance regional resiliency to climate change. It also promotes and encourages stewardship actions that improve and effectively manage the Okanagan Lake shoreline while supporting flood preparedness. Click here to access A Resource for Okanagan Lakeshore Living

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