The PQBWMA includes approximately 1, 024 hectares of land lying between Craig Bay and the Little Qualicum River. In addition, the PQBWMA includes lands adjacent to select reaches of the Englishman River and Morrison Creek. The PQBWMA includes lands in Electoral Areas E, F, and G. Click here to view a map showing the location of the PQBWMA.
The PQBWMA supports a diverse range of wildlife and ecosystems which are regionally and internationally significant. Highlights of the PQBWMA include:
Property owners who own land adjacent the PQBWMA have an important responsibility as stewards of the land, and can assist with the protection and preservation of environmental values so that they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
The Regional District of Nanaimo's role is to ensure that development activities proposed on lands located above the present natural boundary do not have negative impacts on the environmental values associated with the PQBWMA. The tools that are used by the RDN to accomplish this are minimum setback requirements and a floodplain bylaw that applies to all buildings and structures, Development Permit Areas for the purpose of environmental protection (Electoral Areas F and G only), and a marine retaining wall policy.
All development should be located upland of the natural boundary and should, where feasible, meet the applicable minimum setback requirements. All development must also be consistent with the applicable Development Permit Area Guidelines.
The following is a summary of the applicable regulations, guidelines, and policies, that apply to development activities within the PQBWMA.
Click Here to view the Floodplain Bylaw
The purpose of a Development Permit Area is to ensure that development is conducted in a way which is consistent with the objectives and policies of the Official Community Plan and in a way which minimizes impacts on the environment and adjacent properties. By adhering to the Development Permit Area Guidelines, property owners are helping to ensure that the environmental values of the PQBWMA will be protected for future generations.
Unless specifically exempt, all development activities proposed within a Development Permit Area must obtain a Development Permit from the Regional District of Nanaimo before the proposed works can proceed. Therefore, it is recommended that prior to undertaking any development activities such as land alteration, construction, removal of vegetation, or shoreline protection that you contact the Regional District of Planning Department to determine if a Development Permit is required.
Electoral Area E
There is no Development Permit Area applicable to parcels adjacent to the sea in Electoral Area E.
Electoral Area F
In Electoral Area F, the PQBWMA apples to properties adjacent to select reaches of the Englishman River and Morrison Creek as shown here. The Electoral Area F Official Community Plan designates the Watercourse Protection and Fish Habitat Protection Development Permit Areas which apply to all mapped and unmapped streams in Electoral Area F.
A Development Permit may be required for any alteration of land, disturbance of soil, subdivision of land, or other development activities within 30 metres from the present natural boundary or, in the case of a ravine, 30 metres from the top of the ravine bank of any stream, wetland, or pond.
In accordance with the Riparian Areas Regulation, the Development Permit Area Guidelines require that a report be prepared by a Qualified Environmental Professional.
For more information about the Watercourse and Fish Habitat Protection Development Permit Areas in Electoral Area F click here.
Electoral Area G
In Electoral Area G, all coastal properties adjacent to the PQBWMA are designated within the Environmentally Sensitive Features Development Permit Area. With respect to coastal properties, the Development Permit Area applies to any alteration of land, disturbance of soil, subdivision of land, or other development activities within 15 metres upland and 15 metres seaward of the present natural boundary.
For more information about the Environmentally Sensitive Features Development Permit Area in Electoral Area G click here.
Click here to view the RDN Marine Retaining Wall Policy.
The Ministry recently delivered an information bulletin to all properties adjacent to the PQBWMA in Electoral Area E and G. Click Here to read the FLNRO Bulletin.
For more information about the PQBWMA please visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations information page by clicking here.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Archaeological Branch
Many coastal properties may include archaeological sites. An alteration permit from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations' Archaeological Branch may be required prior to undertaking any development. For more information please visit www.for.gov.bc.ca/archaeology or call (250) 953-3334.