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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 healthy ecosystems and has implemented a framework of environmental policies and regulations.  Development on sites containing or in close proximity to environmentally sensitive areas must demonstrate compliance with these policies.  Development near streams, wetlands or lakes may also be subject to the City's Environmental Review Committee process.   

Check out our Eco-Story Map for some examples of successful ecosystem restoration on development sites.

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.

  • Environmental Planning

    MoreSee how Burnaby protects and enhances our environment.
  • Ecosystem Restoration

    creek in front of row of townhousesMoreView successful ecosystem restoration on development sites.
  • Environmental Sustainability Strategy

    Environmental Sustainability StrategyMoreA city-wide policy and long term vision for Burnaby's green future.
  • Waterways Map

    Waterways MapMoreLearn the historic names of waterways in Burnaby.