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Environmental Review Committee


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; other agencies such as Fisheries and Oceans, and the B.C. 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, and supports applicable federal and provincial fisheries legislation. In situations where protecting the full extent of the Bylaw-mandated streamside protection and enhancement area (SPEA) is not feasible, an application may 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.

Fees apply to ERC applications beginning in 2019 as set out in the Planning and Building Fees Bylaw. The application fees are:

  • $1,200 for Type 1 applications
  • $600 for Type 2 applications

The application fee must be paid in full a minimum of one week prior to the ERC meeting. If payment is not received by that time, the application will be removed from the agenda. 

A refund on an ERC application is not granted, except for the following circumstance: 

  • If the application is withdrawn prior to the scheduled ERC meeting, a partial refund equal to the amount of the ERC application fee minus $100 is granted.

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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