Partnership Agreement for the Protection of the Environment
District of Comox-Strathcona
B.C., V9N 7J3
called the "Regional District");
of Environment, Lands and Parks
and Enhancement Branch,
B.C. South Division
and Oceans Canada
1.1 This Agreement
is a statement of intent on the part of the signatories to
continue with the development and implementation of a process
(the "Process") focusing on a more efficient collaborative
delivery in environmental permitting and protection.
1.2 The new "Process"
among the signatories;
agency-by-agency referral approach;
benefits of collaboration;
Boost the effective
use of resources;
Result in sharing
of information and technical support;
foster the development of a shared resource database;
agreed-upon guidelines, criteria, and standards as set
out in attached Schedule "A", and its updates;
Include a dispute-resolution
mechanism to address any unresolved conflicts;
Result in no
increased costs to any signatory.
1.3 The signatories
also understand the risks involved in developing this changed
procedure. This risk is minimized, with appropriate, built-in
1.4 The focus of
this "Process" is to continue the parties previous
work in building a cooperative framework for environmental
assessments to support water management and pollution prevention
approvals, licenses and permits along with the protection
of designated aquatic, fish, and wildlife habitats. It is
also accepted that the scope of this Agreement may be expanded
to include other environmental resources, with the concurrence
of all signatories.
1.5 This process
shall apply to all lands within the Regional District of Comox-
Strathcona zoned for various residential, commercial, industrial,
institutional and agricultural uses.
1.6 All matters
files and records associated with the MOU will be a matter
of public record. 1
1.7 The signatories
to this document agree that their participation in the "Process"
is voluntary and no financial incentive to participate has
been implied or offered by any of the signatories, or their
2.1 This Agreement
will run for three (3) years from the date of signing. Any signatory
may opt out of this Agreement by providing six (6) weeks notice.
This Agreement may be renewed upon consensus of the signatories.
3.1 Nothing in
this Agreement alters the legislatively mandated roles, responsibilities,
and duties of any of the signatories.
3.2 In agreeing to
become a partner in environmental stewardship and the promotion
of sustainable development, the Regional District, as part of
this new "Process", assumes no liability or responsibility
in addition to that normally assumed through the application
4.1 While the signatories
cannot fetter separate enforcement actions, they may collaborate
in and coordinate any agreed upon enforcement actions in accordance
with the principles set out in Schedule B.
5.1 The signatories
of this Agreement are the following:
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona; (Articles 1 to 7)
5.3 Regional Director,
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; (Articles 1 to 7)
5.4 Executive Director,
Habitat and Enhancement Branch, Pacific Region, Fisheries
and Oceans Canada (Articles 1 to 6)