Rural areaIf you plan to develop or redevelop urban or rural land, it’s important to review the Ministry of Environment’s newly updated guidelines, Develop with Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia.

The focus is on ‘green’ alternatives. Updates include new information on topics such as:

• air quality
• amphibian and reptile conservation
• climate change
• coastal foreshore management
• contaminated sites
• creating healthy built environments
• hazard management;
• fish and raptor conservation
• spill prevention and
• water and waste management.

The BC Government has also updated 21 Fact Sheets to help property owners comply with the law and protect the habitat of species including bald eagles and ospreys, herons, screech owls, frogs, the mountain beaver and the western toad.