Qualified Environmental Professionals
You may be asked to engage an environmental professional early in your planning so that you can respond to their findings and incorporate their recommendations into you development design prior to the disturbance of the site.
Take time to talk to several consultants about their expertise, availability, fees, and experience with the ecosystems in your area and the type of assessment that you need. A Registered Professional Biologist should always be part of the team of professionals hired because of their expertise with ecosystems and wildlife species. A good development plan that meets environmental requirements will progress much more quickly through the approval process and safe you money in the long run.
What is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP)?
A QEP is an applied scientist or technologist, acting alone or together with another QEP. A QEP must be a member in good standing of a BC professional organization. The applicable professionals include Biologists (RPBios), Geoscientists (PGeo), Foresters (RPF), Agrologists (PAg), Professional Engineer (PEng) and Applied Science Technologist and Technicians (AScT).
Working with a Qualified Environmental Professional will probably involve implementing mitigation measures for potential impacts from the planned development. Your QEP will likely use the sequence of mitigation options below to guide their assessment of the potential impacts that a proposed development will have.