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CVRD Successful in Enforcing Riparian Area Infraction
Duncan, BC – Development in riparian areas, land located close to streams, lakes and other watercourses, is prohibited in BC to protect these fragile ecosystems. The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) regularly receives complaints about unauthorized development in riparian areas and pursues enforcement when violations occurs.
An enforcement action against an illegal gazebo recently concluded with the removal of the structure from the Cowichan Lake Shoreline. Landowners are encouraged to protect and enhance riparian areas and to contact the CVRD regarding permit requirements prior to undertaking any construction or land alteration.
“The CVRD takes unlawful development within riparian areas, and other environmentally sensitive areas, seriously,” explains Chair Jon Lefebure. “Enforcement staff from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ministry of Environment and Forests Lands, Natural Resource Operations and CVRD worked together to have this structure removed and the bylaw enforced. Residents are reminded to speak with our Land Use staff prior to development on properties close to waterways to ensure they comply with applicable bylaws.”
The CVRD encourages residents to report any intrusions into environmentally sensitive areas. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment.