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Geotechnical Hazard

On March 9, 2017, the SCRD adopted bylaws to amend the West Howe Sound (Bylaw No. 640.1), Elphinstone (Bylaw No. 600.6) and Roberts Creek (Bylaw No. 641.4) Official Community Plans to introduce revised development permit areas (DPA). The revised DPAs consider potentially hazardous areas (slopes, ravines, creeks) and introduces a new DPA designation to consider potential impact of ocean level rise.

The DPAs are incorporated in each Official Community Plan (OCPs) and can be found via the menu above.


The SCRD hired Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) consulting engineers to conduct an analysis of the geotechnical hazards within most of the SCRD’s Official Community Plans (OCPs). The only exception is the Hillside/Port Mellon OCP area. The revised DPAs were included in the recently adopted Halfmoon Bay OCP. The Egmont/Pender Harbour and Twin Creeks OCPs are under review which will include consideration of amended DPAs.

The information contained within KWL’s reports is intended to be used as background information to update the development permit areas within the respective official community plans.

The geotechnical reviews were conducted by reviewing previous studies such as the original geotechnical reconnaissance reports by Thurber Engineering in 1990 and 1992, the Emergex Planning hazard risk assessment from 2005 and the Delcan reports from 2006 and 2009.

KWL utilized a consistent approach for each of the study areas, recommending the same type of development permit areas for each OCP area. The suggested development permit areas were mapped and provided to the SCRD in digital file and in the final copies of the reports. The completed reports are as follows:

Egmont/Pender Harbour Part 1 - Part 2
Halfmoon Bay
Roberts Creek
West Howe Sound
Twin Creeks