Tree Protection on the West Coast: Most municipalities go the bylaw route.

As residents travel between municipalities around the West Coast, there is a visually stark difference in policy when it comes to protecting trees and green spaces.

Each jurisdiction and council has its own unique way of looking at it, informed by development and new development targets and, more recently, climate change.

The province allows municipalities two different legislative approaches to protecting trees and other green spaces.

Through specific measures such as a tree protection regulation, which can regulate the cutting, removal or damage of trees and often sets requirements for replacing trees that are designated as protection. Development applications in municipalities that use this procedure must generally adhere to such regulations, but can apply for changes that councils vote on.

A second and more comprehensive approach is to include it in Development Permit (DP) areas, which, according to the province, “identify locations that require special treatment for specific purposes, including protection of development from hazards, specific Establishment of purposes of form and character in circumstances, or maintenance of commercial use area.”

Users of the first method include Kolod, along with Regulation of Urban Forestry Approved in 2020 and amended this year. See Royal, who made his first enactment. Tree Protection Act Metchosin in 2009, which approved it Tree Management Code in 2006 and has been amended several times since then. and Highlands, of whom Tree Management Code Dates of 1994

Langford uses the latter option to monitor and protect sensitive ecosystems, having first created environmental DP zones between 1996 and 1998. Official Community Plan Under Section 14, maps along with riverine areas, sensitive ecosystems, areas of potential habitat and biodiversity values, steep slopes and other environmental aspects shall be considered when any application for change of character in these areas is made. will be done

A separate one A guide to tree removal Langford reminds homeowners and developers in DP areas to first determine if their property falls within one of these areas, and then to remove one or more trees from the DP area. Provide a report from a certified arborist to apply for an exemption.

In a frequently asked question about why Langford doesn’t have a specific tree-cutting ordinance, the city says it can’t cut trees in DP areas without a study prepared by a qualified environmental professional, before issuing a permit. Prohibits conversion of lands.

Matthew Baldwin, Langford’s director of planning, told Black Press Media that the policies have resulted in up to 40 percent of development permit applications historically earmarked for green space, such as the large projects underway in West Hills and Bear Mountain. Point to developments. The council, of course, has the final say in approving development permits, as it does with rezonings.

Metchosin and Highlands have made it clear through their policies and council decisions that they value their rural, heavily wooded settings. Hence, deep or even moderate growth is not in the cards.

View Royal has allowed and encouraged moderate development over the past decade and has targeted some areas for increased density, such as Six Mile Road, Watkins Way and Eagle Creek Village. Around.

Collod has increased residential density in a handful of places, to a degree on Triangle Mountain but most notably along the Latoria Corridor and down to Royal Bay, where thousands of new homes have been added to one-time gravel pits. is being replaced.

For more information on tree removal/preservation policies, visit your municipality’s website or stop by municipal hall.

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