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Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Construct Buildings and Washrack at Vernon Military Camp

October 27, 2020 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by November  16, 2020 to:
Joel Keddy, Project Manager
Real Property Operations Unit (Pacific) Detachment Chilliwack
5535 Korea Road
Chilliwack BC V2R  5P2
E-mail Address:Joel.keddy@forces.gc.ca

The Proposed Project

Several construction projects on the naturalized side of the camp are planned to start construction in April 2021. While it is likely not all of these projects requires an assessment, the others are added here because there is a potential that species at risk may use the area, and joint assessment allows for understanding of any cumulative impact.

An ablution building with a 100 m2 footprint will be constructed inside the footprint of a previously existing building. A storage and maintenance building for military vehicles with a 900 m2 footprint will be constructed directly across the road from currently utilized buildings in the same area. This building will include an associated 200 m2 roadway. The area this building will be placed into is currently mowed as a fire break and is not considered high quality habitat. The final project will include the installation of a new prefabricated industry provided vehicle washrack next to an existing building.

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