Environment Overview


Qualified Environmental Professionals

A Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) is an applied scientist or technologist who is registered and in good standing with an appropriate B.C Professional Organization constituted under an Act. The QEP must be acting under that association's code of ethics, and subject to the organization's code of ethics, and subject to the organization's disciplinary action. A qualified environmental professional could be a professional Biologist, Agrologist, Forester, Geoscientist, Engineer, or Technologist.


PLG’s QEP staff are dedicated to help clients finish their jobs efficiently while being in compliance with all the mandated requirements.


Developable Areas Assessments/Feasibility Studies

PLG staff have conducted numerous developable area assessments/feasibility studies to help clients to maximize the developable potential within their properties. PLG staff also help clients to deal with environmental constraints such as watercourse, wildlife habitat, and sensitive ecosystem within their properties.


Sensitive Ecosystem Development Plans (SEDP/DP3 or EDP)

Local governments have adopted new bylaws which affect the way projects are allowed to be developed within 50 m of a regulated watercourse (or ditch). These new bylaws will consider not only potential fish habitat, but will consider additional features such as natural features, wildlife corridors and public access routes.

Our QEPs are able to take a client through the environmental development process which includes a combination of slope stability, a review Conservation Strategies and protected areas, review arborist survey reports, and consider flood plains, drainage access routes and trail access.

Example – City of Surrey Environmental Protection Measures

The City of Surrey adopted new Ecosystem Protection Measures (i.e. Sensitive Ecosystem Development Permit Areas and Zoning By-law Streamside Protection Setback) on September 12, 2016. For developers, this means that for any property within 50 m of the City of Surrey’s GIN or any regulated watercourse, a DP3 will be required. According to the new Ecosystem Protection Measures, sensitive ecosystems consist of two distinct areas:

  • Green Infrastructure (identified in the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy as Green Infrastructure Network (GIN) comprised of hubs, sites, and corridors)
  • Streamside Areas (identified in the BCS and defined in Bylaw No. 12000 7A) adjacent to and setbacks from a stream

A Sensitive Ecosystem Development Permit Application (DP3 or SEDP) is required if the proposed activity on the property (within Surrey) involves any of the following within 50 meters of sensitive ecosystems:

  • Subdivision of Land
  • Construction, addition or alteration of a building or structure
  • Construction of roads and trails
  • Disturbance of soils, land alteration or land clearing
  • Installing non-structural surfaces with semi-previous or impervious materials

If the proposed activity involves varying the By-law’s recommended setbacks for a watercourse or Green Infrastructure Area (GIA) protection is required through development permit guidelines as described in the OCP and Section 7A of the Zoning By-law, a Development Variance Permit (DVP) will be required. To obtain a DVP approval, additional reports, including an Impact Mitigation Plan (IMP) will be required to provide options and mitigation measures to minimize project effects to the satisfaction of City staff and council. Both DP3/SEDPs and IMPs are required to be prepared and approved by a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) (e.g. R.P.Bio).  Our team is experienced in managing these approvals.


Sediment & Erosion Control

PLG works with numerous municipalities throughout Metro Vancouver to create practical and attainable solutions to sediment control regulations. We provide detailed, staged, and comprehensive storm water management plans for development of all sizes. Learn more

We work with Floc Systems, which specializes in treatment systems to remove turbidity, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons from waste water.

Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Assessments

PLG is committed to supporting the existing natural systems, by providing opportunities for habitat retention or enhancement. Habitat and ecological baseline assessments of fish and wildlife are fundamental in sustainable planning. This work focuses on the mediation of negative impacts, and preservation of marine and terrain species, and their habitats. Our Environmental Resource Division has the expertise to conduct thorough field analyses, in accordance to governmental regulations and land use planning requirements. Learn more

Environmental Monitoring

Our environmental monitoring ensures site specific designs are implemented on the ground and allows for modifications to address changing onsite conditions. As an environmental monitor we mitigate the impacts of construction activity and provide innovative and cost effect solutions. Learn more

"Credit must go to the corporate teams from Pacific Land Group that listened to our concerns and considered the safety of the environment in the event of a possible fuel spill."

- Phillip Milligan, President
Little Campbell Watershed Society