Interim Tree Bylaw Working Group

About the working group

In April 2016, Council adopted an Interim Tree Bylaw. Public consultation on the Interim Tree Bylaw to date has provided a wide range of community input. The working group has concluded their work of developing a balanced, sound and well-developed approach to regulating trees on private properties.


The working group's purpose was to review options, engage the community and make recommendations regarding the development of a bylaw to regulate trees on private property that balances tree management best practices with community interests.

All members of the community were able to contribute to this working group's findings and final report via public consultation meetings and other methods.


The working group reviewed existing information regarding trees in West Vancouver and options for tree management, engaged the wider community and stakeholders on potential options for tree management and based on review of relevant information and findings of the engagement program, made recommendations to Council.

Citizen Members

Andrew Gitt, Craig Bench, Don Harrison, Ernest Bodie, Ian Ferguson, Lisa Morris, Mary Gamel, Nic Tsangarakis and William Cafferata. 

Staff Liaison

Erika Syvokas, Planning Research Assistant



Terms of Reference

Final Recommendations

The Interim Tree Bylaw Working Group have finalized their recommendations.

Final Report

Working Group Update

Staff brought forward a report to Council on May 27, 2019, which provided Council with the Interim Tree Bylaw Working Group’s final recommendations report, staff analysis and recommendations including corresponding amendments to the Interim Tree Bylaw.

Staff Review of Working Group Recommendations

2019 Meetings

May 8 Notice  


2018 Meetings

Jan. 9 Agenda Notes
Jan. 23 Agenda Notes
Feb. 2 Agenda Notes
Feb. 13 Agenda Notes
Feb. 27 Agenda Notes
March 13 Agenda Notes
April 10 Agenda Notes
April 24 Agenda Notes
May 8 Agenda Notes
May 22 Agenda Notes
June 12 Agenda Notes
June 26 Agenda Notes
July 10 Agenda