Tree Protection Bylaw Review

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The North Saanich tree canopy plays an important role in the health and well-being of the North Saanich natural environment and community. This bylaw aims to find a balanced approach to protect the District's tree canopy for current and future residents, while providing some flexibility for residents to manage the trees on their land.

About the Tree Protection Bylaw

The North Saanich Tree Protection Bylaw regulates the cutting, removal or damaging of trees on private property. It was adopted in 1999. Since then, North Saanich’s community forest and the challenges it faces have evolved. The District is reviewing its Tree Protection Bylaw to align with current best practices and conditions, while ensuring it responds to community values. The review will include establishing requirements for replacing protected trees.

We are in Phase 3: Finalize Draft Bylaw

The third round of public engagement has now concluded. We thank you for your participation in the survey, virtual open house and in-person open houses.

Next Steps: We are currently analyzing your feedback and will report back to Council in July with an engagement summary report to help inform potential revisions to the draft Tree Protection Bylaw.

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The North Saanich tree canopy plays an important role in the health and well-being of the North Saanich natural environment and community. This bylaw aims to find a balanced approach to protect the District's tree canopy for current and future residents, while providing some flexibility for residents to manage the trees on their land.

About the Tree Protection Bylaw

The North Saanich Tree Protection Bylaw regulates the cutting, removal or damaging of trees on private property. It was adopted in 1999. Since then, North Saanich’s community forest and the challenges it faces have evolved. The District is reviewing its Tree Protection Bylaw to align with current best practices and conditions, while ensuring it responds to community values. The review will include establishing requirements for replacing protected trees.

We are in Phase 3: Finalize Draft Bylaw

The third round of public engagement has now concluded. We thank you for your participation in the survey, virtual open house and in-person open houses.

Next Steps: We are currently analyzing your feedback and will report back to Council in July with an engagement summary report to help inform potential revisions to the draft Tree Protection Bylaw.

Please subscribe for project updates to stay informed.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The District of North Saanich is currently in Phase 3 of the Tree Protection Bylaw Review. In December 2021, Council endorsed some changes to the draft Tree Protection Bylaw and requested more public input on specific bylaw changes.

    Three open houses about the bylaw update have been scheduled over March and April. Find out how to attend or review the information at ConnectNorthSaanich.ca/tree-bylaw

    If you have not attended an open house, we invite you to review the open house boards to get more information about the project, work completed to date, and about this current phase of engagement. You can review the boards by clicking hereYou can review the draft Tree Protection Bylaw by clicking here.

    The feedback from this survey will be presented to Council in June 2022 to inform possible revisions to the draft Tree Protection Bylaw.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The District of North Saanich is currently reviewing the Tree Protection Bylaw. This survey is part of the second phase of engagement on the Tree Protection Bylaw Review and Update. We want to hear about your level of support for the proposed changes to the bylaw.

    The short form version of the survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

    The long form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The District of North Saanich is currently reviewing the Tree Protection Bylaw. This survey seeks to understand your concerns and aspirations for tree protection and replacement in North Saanich. Your feedback will help shape the recommendations to update the Tree Protection Bylaw.

    The survey takes approximately 12 minutes to complete.

     Tree bylaws are a common tool that local governments use to regulate trees. They usually regulate:

    • Which trees are protected and require a permit for removal.
    • The acceptable reasons to issue a permit for the removal of protected trees.
    • How trees that are being retained are protected during site disturbance work.
    • How trees are to be replaced or compensated for when they are removed.

    You can learn more about how the current North Saanich Tree Protection Bylaw regulates trees here.

    The Tree Protection Bylaw is only one of the bylaws in North Saanich that influences tree protection and replacement. North Saanich is also reviewing its Official Community Plan (OCP), which will guide future land use and other policies that impact where and how trees, forests, native species, and biodiversity are protected in the District. You can help shape the  OCP and the District’s vision for the next 20 years at connectnorthsaanich.ca/ocp.

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