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City of Surrey foreshore project granted exemption from environmental assessment

July 3, 2024 at 4:01 pm  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

Backgrounders

  • Under the Environmental Assessment Act, the minister of environmental and climate change strategy may determine that an environmental assessment certificate is not required for a proposed project that would otherwise be reviewable under the Reviewable Projects Regulation.
  • Proponents must submit a formal request for exemption to the EAO.
  • The EAO consults with relevant government agencies (provincial, federal and local levels), the public and potentially affected First Nations regarding the exemption request and the potential for adverse effects to determine if an exemption order can be granted.
  • The EAO’s public comment period ran from Jan. 11, 2023, to Feb. 27, 2023, and included an in-person open house at Surrey City Hall, as well as a virtual information session.
  • The City of Surrey has worked closely with Semiahmoo First Nation since 2016 to assess potential impacts of the project on their rights.
  • The EAO consulted with Semiahmoo First Nation to understand its concerns.
  • All necessary permits and other applicable approvals from other regulatory agencies are still required.

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