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Community Development and Ecosystem Protection

The City of Burnaby considers ecosystem protection and enhancement in all major land use planning and development initiatives.


Burnaby recognizes the importance of environmentally sensitive areas and maintaining intact natural ecosystems; these values are reflected in various policies and initiatives. Some of the early policies were approved in the 1990's and set the direction for many of the City's subsequent achievements in environmental protection and enhancement, including acquisition and dedication of several major Parks and Conservation Areas and the establishment of the Tree Bylaw. Currently, development within or in close proximity to environmentally sensitive areas must demonstrate compliance with these policies, as well as federal and provincial policies, for example protection of Species at Risk, Development near streams, wetlands or lakes may be subject to the City’s Environmental Review Committee process.   

Read on for information on the policies and regulations relating to development and ecosystem protection in Burnaby.

Strategic Planning for Ecosystem Protection

Development Planning and Review

Construction Impacts Mitigation

Other Resources

Provincial and Federal Regulations for Developing Around Watercourses
Note: this information is provided for convenience only; it is the responsibility of all land owners and project proponents to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations.

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