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2000 Boundary Adjustment Policy

2000 Boundary Adjustment Policy

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Published by: The Georgia Straight on Apr 26, 2012
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MINISTERIALPOLICYDIRECTIVE:PreservingProtectedAreaValuesandBoundaryIntegrityPolicies&ProceduresforRespondingtoDevelopmentProposalsBACKGROUND:
Governmenthasgivenparksandecologicalreservesthehighestlevelofprotectionthroughthe
ProtectedAreas
of
BritishColumbiaAct.
Accordingly,inthisMinistry,weneedtoensurethatalldevelopersarefullyconversantwiththislegislatedprotectiontoavoidthegenerationofproposalsthatmayaffectdesignatedprotectedareas.Withthehighleveloflegislativeprotectionfordesignatedparksandecologicalreserves,developmentproposalsnormallycannotandshouldnotbeconsidered.Howevertheremaybeexceptionalcircumstanceswherethepublicinterestmaywarrantgovernmentconsideringthepossibilityofmodifyingboundaries.GiventhisthereisaneedforMinistrypolicyprinciplesandadefinedprocessthatwillmaintaintheintegrityofprotectedareaswhile,inexceptionalcircumstances,allowingforthepossibilityofboundaryreview.
POLICY:
Thefollowingpolicyprincipleswillguideanysuchreview:1.Thelongtermprotectionofprotectedareasin
Be
andtheintegrityoftheirassociatedecological,recreationalandculturalvaluesremainsparamount.2.Giventhelegislativeprotectionaffordedprotectedareas,therewillbefewcircumstanceswhereboundarymodificationswillbeconsidered.Therefore,alldevelopmentproponentswillbeadvisedtoavoidprotectedareas.3.Inexceptionalcircumstancestheremaybeoverarchingpublicinterestreasonstoconsiderproposalstomodifyprotectedareaboundaries.Evaluationofallsuchproposalsmustadheretothefollowingrequirements:demonstrationofcompellingprovincialsocialandenvironmentalbenefitthatexceedspreservingtheintegrityoftheexistingboundary;demonstrationthatthefullrangeofpossibleoptionstoavoidtheprotectedareahavebeenconsideredandexhausted;demonstrationthatthedevelopmentproposalandmitigationmeasureswillhavetheleastpossibleimpactonprotectedareaintegrityandattributes;andidentificationofcompensationmeasuresthatwouldresultinno-net-Iosstoprotectedareavalues.
 
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4.Theprocessforevaluatingproposalsthatcouldleadtorecommendationstomodifyprotectedareaboundarieswillonlybeadvancedafterafullpublicreviewconductedbyaneutralagency.Thisprocesswillbeappliedconsistentlyandrequires:comprehensiveproponent-fundedstudiesandtechnicalevaluationasrequired;appropriateopenandthoroughproponent-fundedpublicandFirstNationsconsultation;adequatetimetoundertakeevaluationandconsultation;andappropriateintegrationwithgovernment'snormalenvironmentalassessmentordevelopmentreviewprocesses.
IMPLEMENTATIONOFPOLICY
DIRECTIVE~Thispolicydirectiveistobeappliedtoallnewprivateorpublicsectordevelopmentproposalsthatwouldrequirechangingthelegalboundariesofprotectedareas.Obviously,thispolicydirectivedoesnotapplytoprotectedareaboundary.changesresultingfromcorrectionofadministrativeerrorsorenhancementofprotectedareas.ThisdirectiveisnotdesignedtodealwithprotectedareaboundarychangesthatmayresultfromlanduseplanamendmentsortreatynegotiationswithFirstNations,howeversomeoftheseprinciplesembodiedinthispolicydirectivemaybeapplicable.TheAssistantDeputyMinisteroftheResourcePlanningDivision,MinistryofSustainableResourceManagement(MSRM)andtheAssistantDeputyMinisterofEnvironmentalStewardshipDivision,MinistryofWater,LandandAirProtection,areco-chairsofaReviewCommitteeinplacetorespondtotheoccasionalproposalthatmaymeritconsiderationbyGovernment.TheroleofthisReviewCommitteeistofacilitatetheprocessofreviewinganyfutureproposals.GiventheroleoftheResourcePlanningDivisionasaneutralfacilitatoroflandusedecisions,itwillhavetheresponsibilityofestablishingandmanaginganyteamsrequiredtoassessproposals.Thispolicydirectiveistobeimplementedaccordingtotheattachedprocessguidelines.Theprocesscanberefinedasnecessarytoachievefurtherefficienciesandimprovementsaslongastheintegrityofthestatedpoliciesismaintained.
 
PROCESSGUIDELINESFORRESPONDINGTO
DEVELOPMENTPROPOSALS
PRESERVINGPROTECTEDAREAVALUESANDBOUNDARYINTEGRITYIntroduction:
Attheearliesttimethatanygovernmentagencyreceivesadevelopmentproposalthatmaytraverse,beadjacentto,orotherwiseimpactdesignatedprotectedareas,theagencywilladvisetheEnvironmentalStewardshipRegionalManagerpriortoissuanceofanytenures,rightsorapprovals.(I.e.InteragencyReferralProcess).TheproponentwillbeadvisedthattheProtectedArealegislationensuresthatprotectedareashavelongtermprotectionfromdevelopmentsthatdonotmeetthetestsofthislegislationandthatdevelopmentproposalsshouldavoidprotectedareas.TheproponentwillalsobeadvisedtothoroughlyevaluateanddocumentalternativesthatavoidprotectedareaspriortosubmittingproposalsforconsiderationundertheprocessdefinedintheMinisterialDirective.(PriortoLevelIIintheprocess)
LevelIEnvironmentalStewardshipPre-screening
Proposalsreferredtothe
EnvironmentalStewardshipRegionalManager
(RegionalManager)areevaluatedaccordingtothetestsoftheprotectedarealegislationandapprovedmanagementplan(s).TheRegionalManagerdecideswhetheraparkusepermitcanbeissuedtoauthorisetheproposedusebasedonthesetests.IftheproposedusecannotbeauthorisedtheRegionalManageradvisestheproponentandtheappropriateRegionalDirector,MinistryofSustainableResourceManagement.TheproponentisalsoinformedoftheMinisterialDirectiveonPreservingProtectedAreaValuesandBoundaryIntegrityandthepolicies,proceduresandprocessforrespondingtodevelopmentproposals.TheproponentdecideseithertowithdrawtheproposalwithintheprotectedareaortoproceedtoLevelIIoftheprocess.
LevelIIReviewProcessStep1
ProponentpreparesandsubmitsaproposalthatisconsistentwiththepolicyprinciplestotheAssistantDeputyMinister(ADM)Review

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