Douglas First Nation - Douglas IR# 8 Lot# 30 and 31 Development

The objective of this project is to:
- First to access the suitability of Lot# 31 and 31 (formerly known as Lots 25 and 26) for housing development in IR#8;
- If lots are suitable, the sites will be cleared and filled with top soil and silt;
- Identify required works regarding lot preparation, site servicing, flood protection, and similar to meet applicable developmental standards; and provide recommendations; and
- Undertake the required developmental work.

Note: Lots 30 and 31 (formerly known as Lots 25 and 26) were initially considered for development as part of the 2015 subdivision development. The lots were cleared but not serviced due to development suitability concerns regarding seasonally high groundwater and flood risks.
The nation now desires to advance previously halted work. The project has been identified as a high priority for Douglas given the lack of immediate housing lots available. This issue remains pressing given the growing housing waitlist and overcrowding of existing homes.


Lillooet River is approx. 450m northeast of the community. There is a seasonal unclassified stream just south of the project boundry.

Lots have previously been cleared within the last 10-15 years. No mature trees are known to be on Lot 30 or 31, however, a past assessmsnet of Tiplella conducted in November 2020 found the surrounding vegetation dominated by Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western redeedar. red-strmmed feathermoss dominates the understory with lesser amounts of huckleberry, sword fern and Prince's pine.

Due to previosu land clearing, there is no large vegetation in the project area, which means the change of nesting birds is low. However, there is a chance that various migratory birds may use the project areas during the spring, and summer months for foraging. Bird species at risk that may be found in the project area include: band-tailed pigeon, common nighthawk, evening frosbeak, great blue heron, northern goshawk, olive-sided flycatcher, and western screech owl.

Inpacts to the migratory birds can be avoided by clearing vegetation outside of the nsting season, between August 17 and March 12.

Northern red-legged frog, western toad, dun skipper, little brown myotis, and rubber boa are all possible to occur within the project area.

The nearest fish-bearing watercourse is the Lilloooet River, at a distance of 450 m; thus Impacts to fisheries resources are not anticipated.

The entire area is within the traditional territory of Xa'xtsa and has been used for hunting/ fishing/ settlement for many generations.

the project will avoid known archeological/ heritage resources sites as per the direction of Xa'xtsa. There will be a chance find procedure in place prior to construction.

Monitor weather conditions and stop work during high winds or extremely dry conditions. Use water to spray down exposed surfaces or supress dust generated during construction.

If vegetation clearing is required during the bird besting window, an environmenatl monitor will be on site to conduct a nesting survey prior to suevey of the project area.


Latest update

September 21, 2023 - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project:
- is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Indigenous Services Canada
Fasih Siddiqui, Senior Engineer
1138 Melville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4S3
Telephone: 604-376-0802
Fax: 604-775-7149

  • Location

    • Douglas IR#8 (08013) (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Xa'xtsa (Douglas First Nation)
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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