Monday, October 24, CSRD reported that building moratorium in North Shuswap was removed effective immediately.
On September 14, 2023, the Board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) unanimously agreed to place a temporary building moratorium on the fire-impacted areas of the Shuswap until the results of an overview geotechnical assessment was complete.
The report of the contractor BGC Engineering Inc. show that the overview geohazard assessment is intended to provide preliminary support for land-use and permit decision-making during the fire-recovery process. The report indicates there are some new hazards for landowners and the CSRD to be aware of in these fire-impacted areas. These risk factors may affect the building permit process, including the possible requirement for additional property-specific geotechnical assessments.
The BGC Engineering report primarily focused on risk to private property parcels within the CSRD boundaries. Infrastructure and buildings outside of the CSRD, including those belonging to Skwylāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw and Adams Lake Indian Band, provincial parks, or the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, or other assets that were non-structural or of cultural value were not specifically assessed.
The Provincial Ministry of Forests is also continuing to conduct a geotechnical assessment of the entire area affected by the Bush Creek East Wildfire. Any additional information provided by the Province would also be incorporated into the CSRD’s development decision-making process.