Reforms announced today by the Canadian Government to the Fisheries Act are a victory for common sense sustainable development. The Urban Development Institute (UDI) welcomes the focusing of fish habitat protection rules, and the clarification of standards and guidelines for landowners undertaking urban development projects.
The UDI is the premier industry body representing over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers who collectively generate over $30 billion worth of economic activity in the Province each year. UDI Executive Director Maureen Enser said, “The Federal Government has been proactive in reducing the regulatory burden on landowners and business – most recently with a streamlining of the environmental review process.”
“The proposed changes announced today by the Hon. Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to the Fisheries Act, is another strong demonstration of this Government’s commitment to our economy and environment.” Ms Enser said, “Under the current system, landowners and developers are subject to an unfocused patchwork of regulations that often have little or no relevance to protecting fish habitat.”
“Finding an appropriate balance between the rights and needs of landowners, the environment and our economy can be challenging. UDI believes the Federal Government has found that balance with these new changes.”
The Urban Development Institute is the premier industry body representing over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers. The urban development industry in BC generates $30 billion worth of economic activity and over 250,000 jobs for the Province each year. Our mandate is to promote wise and efficient land use, good planning and progressive development practices that support sustainable development.