ELECTORAL AREA “B” DIRECTOR Heloise Dixon-Warren
Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable Reporting Template (Revised April 2012)
1. What have you done in the last 12 months?
The Cariboo Regional District is in the process of finalising the DRAFT Quesnel Fringe Area OCP /Official Community Plan. As part of the public meeting regarding this document, a number of comments were received about air quality.
It is recommended that the attached “Airshed Policies” replace the existing Section 3.1.1 of the OCP (see attached).
It is recommended that the policy be reviewed by the QAQR for any recommendations and /or suggestions.
This recommendation addresses #23 & 24 of the Air Shed Management Plan.
2. What are you planning to do in the next 12 months?
The Cariboo Regional District aims to complete the Quesnel OCP within the next 12 months assuming all levels of consultation are completed.
It is recommended that the QART meet with the Northern Directors of the Cariboo Regional District (Areas A, B, C and I) to discuss any potential Bylaw amendments pertaining to air quality.
Public education is also something that the CRD could possibly assist with through online information and /or via email distribution lists.
This recommendation addresses #13 & #25 of the Air Shed Management Plan.
3. What are your long term plans for meeting the 2016 Goals?
Unknown – this is something that should be discussed.
Overall self Assessment of your progress for this year – High, Medium or Low Success
October 27, 2011
Quesnel Fringe Area OCP Updates on Airshed Discussion and Policies
Revised Section 3.1.1 General Discussion on Airshed:
Figure 3.1 outlines the Quesnel airshed as it relates to the plan area. During the planning process, community feedback indicated that improved air quality was one of the factors residents considered in selecting their rural locations. Although most of the plan area is beyond the Quesnel airshed boundary, residents are concerned about regional air quality and recognize its significance to overall health.
In 2004, the Quesnel Airshed Management Plan (QAMP) was completed to establish goals for air quality to 2010. Implementation of the QAMP included the establishment of the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable (QAQRT) with a mandate to oversee the implementation of the plan. The QAMP was a 10 year plan, with goals to 2010, and in 2010 QAQRT commissioned a major review of the QAMP with the objective of establishing air quality goals to 2014. The review was envisioned to be a review of any changes in the Health Reference Levels (a guidance level for ambient air quality used in part to establish the original QAMP goals), potential new technology, and other related information. The report “Quesnel Airshed Management Plan Review – 2011” was completed by Cariboo Environmental Quality Consulting in 2011. This document included twenty three recommendations to assist the QAQRT in moving forward for the remainder of the plan implementation period and to help achieve the objectives of the QAMP. The CRD, although not directly involved in this process recognizes the importance of this document and the efforts of QAQRT in addressing air quality locally.
New Airshed Policies
3.4.48 The Regional District recognizes that good air quality is important for healthy communities and it supports the efforts of the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable (QAQRT) and their implementation of the Quesnel Airshed Management Plan (QAMP).
3.4.49 The Regional District recognizes that due to the technical nature and complexity of the air quality issue in Quesnel, the City and the CRD have been encouraged through the QAMP to have their representatives on the Roundtable as long as possible so that they will be more effective in their roles.
3.4.50 The Regional District will encourage uses with adverse effects on air quality to develop in locations where the prevailing wind direction and airshed characteristics reduce the potential for air contaminants to enter the Quesnel Bowl area.
3.4.51 As a member of the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable, the Regional District will work to improve air quality by recognizing the Quesnel Airshed Management Plan and will consider the plan when making recommendations on land use and community planning.
3.4.52 the Regional District will work with the City of Quesnel to improve air quality, promote environmental protection, address geotechnical issues, and prevent fires. (This policy mirrors a policy in the Quesnel OCP).