Built Form, Housing & Neighbourhood Character
Updated January 2017
Balancing tree management best practices with community interests is one of West Vancouver's most difficult issues.
The District will appoint nine citizen members to a Tree Bylaw Working Group this spring. The working group will look at options, engage the community and make recommendations for a permanent bylaw to regulate how trees on private property are managed.
All community members will be able to contribute to this working group's finding and final report via public consultation meetings and other ways too.
Updated Fall 2016
West Vancouver’s urban tree canopy is an essential part of neighbourhood character. In April, Council approved an interim tree bylaw that takes a balanced approach to protecting West Vancouver’s trees on private lands. Council has heard continued and increasing concern from the community regarding the loss of trees. However, Council also recognizes the effects of tree growth on amenities such as access to sunlight, views and safety.
In May and June, the District undertook extensive community consultation regarding tree protection on private lands, and more will take place this summer and fall. Staff will report back to Council in fall 2016 on possible changes to the interim bylaw and a long-term strategy for tree protection.
In April, Council passed new limits on fence height, impervious surfacing and runoff control, lot consolidations and new regulations for design and maintenance of public boulevards.
In fall 2016, staff will propose new regulations on building bulk for Council’s consideration. Siting, massing and height regulations will be proposed with the goal of balancing development with many residents’ concerns around built form and its effect on their neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhood Character and Building Bulk
On December 7, 2015, staff presented a summary of the public engagement undertaken in Spring of 2015, recommend proposed options, and sought direction for Council prior to moving forward.
Interim Tree Bylaw
The District has heard continued and increasing concern from the community regarding the loss of trees. This concern has been exacerbated by the now-common practice of the complete clearing of lots for new or redevelopment. At the same time, the District recognizes and manages the effects of tree growth on amenities such as access to sunlight, views and safety.
On July 18, 2016, Council instructed staff to continue public engagement and create a task force.