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Completing a Heritage Resource Impact Assessment Requirement


The Process of Reviewing Developments for Heritage Concerns

When you receive a letter indicating a Heritage Resource Impact Assessment (HRIA) is required, the following steps are required:

  1. Hire an archaeological or palaeontological consultant to conduct the HRIA. Note: A palaeontological consultant is only required if specified in the letter.
  2. The Consultant:
    • Conducts the HRIA; and
    • Submits a report to the Heritage Conservation Branch.
  3. The Heritage Conservation Branch:
    • Reviews the consultant's recommendations;
    • Issues one of the following letters notifying the developer;
      • Clearance has been granted; or
      • Due to the presence of archaeological or palaeontological sites recorded within the development area, additional HRIA requirements are needed. (This may range from avoidance of the site to full-scale excavation.)
  4. Once all HRIA requirements have been completed, heritage clearance is given and development can proceed.

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