The Georgia Basin, which includes the Regional District of Nanaimo, is one of the fastest growing areas in Canada and is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of North America. It contains a wide range of vegetation, fish and wildlife habitats, and sensitive ecosystems. The coastal plain is especially known for its high coho salmon habitat values.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas Atlas
In 1997 the Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Atlas was developed in partnership with the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks (MELP), Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The Atlas is a computer-generated tool that integrates property boundaries, land parcels, and road networks with the location of environmentally sensitive areas. The information contained in the Atlas makes it easier for agencies and individuals to see whether a piece of property is considered to be environmentally sensitive or contains any of these features.
The Atlas is produced at a scale of 1:11,000 for easy access, quick reference and to minimize reproduction costs. The Atlas can be viewed or copies can be purchased at the offices of the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Development Permit Areas for the protection of the environment
The Municipal Act allows local governments to designate Development Permit Areas and guidelines in Official Community Plans for protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity and the protection of development from hazardous conditions.
Please click here to download Watercourses in the RDN a brochure regarding development permit areas.
Each of the nine Official Community Plans (OCP) includes sections identifying areas where development permits are required prior to the commencement of development. The development permit is issued in keeping with the various guidelines laid out in the OCP.
Please click on 'Official Community Plans' for more information on the Development Permit Areas in each OCP.
Contact the RDN's Planning Department for more information.
Phone: 250-390-6510 | Fax: 250-390-7511 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org