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Nanaimo changing approach to watercourse protection

The City of Nanaimo says it’s doing more to protect local watercourses.

Zoning and development rules include something called a “riparian setback”;  a buffer zone to protect things like streams and wetlands.

But, developers can apply to have them changed.

Nanaimo says after a review that started in 2012 they’re setting up clearer procedures for getting those changes.

They include ecological assessments that look beyond areas critical to fish habitat, and using a qualified environmental professional, such as a biologist, to more closely monitor projects from the design stage to post-construction.

Rob Lawrance is an Environmental Planner for the City.  He says, “Our watercourses are part of what makes Nanaimo so special. The City is working to do a better job at protecting our natural assets.”

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