Environmental Component of Leasing
1. The project is initiated by The Proponent when The Proponent supplies the initial contact letter discussing where the project (Lease) will take place giving the Legal Description of the property, and a street address if a street address is available. The Proponent will provide information about any existing business on the property and any changes or development of the property to suite the proposed purpose/use of the property. All proposed aspects of the project (Lease) must be included in this document. These proposed uses will be included as “Permitted Uses” within the body of the Lease. It is understood that the proposed uses of the property may be altered or changed as the process proceeds, but any changes in the Permitted Uses within the Lease, once registered, will require an environmental review.The Proponent will provide all contact information to the Environmental Specialist office.
2. The Environmental Specialist will review the intended use of the property and forward the requirements for an Environmental Assessment of the project as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the authority of TIB under Sections 53 and 60 of the Indian Act. A General Terms of Reference will be provided to The Proponent, or forwarded to The Proponent’s consultant. Additions to the General Terms of Reference may be ordered by the Environmental Specialist as it related to the environmental “risk” of the proposed use of the property.
3. The Environmental Specialist will review the Environmental Assessment report submitted to the Lands, Leasing and Property Tax department, Environmental Specialist section.
4. An Environmental Screening report will be issued by the Environmental Specialist. This is a review of The Proponent’s consultants’ report. The process includes, but is not limited to, a site inspection by the Environmental Specialist and a review of the environmental risk associated with any changes/construction on the property, and the degree of risk presented by the proposed use(s) of the property. The Environmental Specialist will review the mitigating measures that The Proponent’s consultant will have included in the Environmental Assessment report and suggest any revisions or changes that may be required to meet Federal regulations, TIB Vision & Policy statements, and best standards or codes of practice for the industry represented in the intended use of that property. Any proposed industrial or commercial use of the property will be expected to meet all Federal environmental standards, best practice and be equal to or better than Provincial regulations require.
5. An Environmental Screening Decision Report will be issued by the Environmental Specialist indicating that the project may go ahead, go ahead with some revisions or the project does not meet the environmental standards required to lease Tk’emlu’ps te Secwepemc reserve land.
6. If the project as proposed is accepted as an acceptable environmental risk, an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) must be submitted by The Proponent. The EMP will outline the standard operating procedure the operations on the Lease will use to limit and mitigate the environmental risk for the daily operations on that specific Lease. This Environmental Management Plan, and any monitoring activities required, will be written into the Terms of the Lease. Depending on the degree of risk a proposed use represents, an Environmental Assurance Bond may be required.
7. The Environmental Specialist will provide all of the environmental documentation to the Leasing Officer prior to the registration of the Lease. No construction or occupation of/or activities are permitted on the properties proposed as the Lease site until that Lease has fulfilled all environmental processes.