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 2002. 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 2: Draft Bylaw Update

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Tree Protection Bylaw. We have summarized what we heard in the Phase 2 Report: Engagement on Key Directions. On Monday, August 16 Council reviewed the Phase 2 report and considered alternatives to the Key Directions in response to what we've heard from you. The Project Team expect to bring back the revised engagement plan, work plan and budget later this fall.

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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 2002. 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 2: Draft Bylaw Update

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Tree Protection Bylaw. We have summarized what we heard in the Phase 2 Report: Engagement on Key Directions. On Monday, August 16 Council reviewed the Phase 2 report and considered alternatives to the Key Directions in response to what we've heard from you. The Project Team expect to bring back the revised engagement plan, work plan and budget later this fall.

Please subscribe for project updates to stay informed.

  • 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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