Hot Weather in Store for Southwestern BC

Posted July 13, 2018

While hot and sunny conditions are welcomed news for most, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat. Keep cool by:

  • Spending time in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant) for at least several hours every day.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car.
  • Check in on others - People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness.  
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Developing Around Environmentally Sensitive Areas

As one of the outcomes of the City of Burnaby’s Environmental Policies for Community Development and Ecosystem Protection, the Environmental Review Committee (ERC) was established in 1999 in order to review development applications in environmentally sensitive areas in a coordinated manner among various departments and regulatory agencies. The ERC consists of City staff from the Planning and Building, Engineering and Parks Departments.  Staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Ministry of Environment may also be consulted through the ERC.


The mandate of the ERC is to review development applications to ensure:

  • Compliance with federal, provincial and City environmental legislation and policies;
  • Coordinated and streamlined review of development applications;
  • Protection and enhancement of sensitive ecosystems, while allowing for development opportunities consistent with the City’s broader strategic plans.

The City’s Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas Bylaw (see 6.23 on page 23) mandates setbacks for development from streams, ravines, wetlands and lakeshores, in accordance with federal and provincial fisheries legislation. In situations where development is proposed within a streamside protection and enhancement area, an application must be made to the ERC for a relaxation (variance) to the setback. The Director of Planning and Building reviews and approves ERC recommendations for setback relaxation.

See the following documents for more information:

ERC Application Forms (refer to ERC Guide for Applicants to confirm which Type of form to use):

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