Noxious Weeds Bylaw Revision Initiative

Noxious Weeds Bylaw Revision Objectives

We want to broaden the bylaw to consider current issues like:

Newspaper Article on Hogweed

We also want to

  • Align the bylaw with the goal, strategies and actions of the Invasive Species Management Strategy. [PDF - 592 KB]
  • Update and align the bylaw with provincial legislation.
  • Increase the use of proper techniques for removal and disposal.
  • Address enforcement, compliance and administrative issues.

Bylaw Revision Process

2013

  • Informed residents of the need to change the bylaw.
  • Identified issues and priorities from all stakeholders.
  • Obtained ideas from the general public and community groups.
  • Researched and consulted with Saanich departments and external agencies. 
  • Held an open house and a public survey.

2014:

  • Staff brought forward the results of public input, research and consultation for discussion and feedback at two open houses.

In the future

Staff will give Council a report proposing revisions to the bylaw and a bylaw administration policy. There will be chances for more public input including the Committee of the Whole and Public Hearing meetings.

If you did not get a chance to attend an open house, you can still visit the virtual open house.

Survey Result Highlights

  • We received 250 responses.
  • Most respondents live in Saanich and consider themselves somewhat informed about weeds in Saanich.
  • Most respondents supported some municipal assistance to landowners as well as variable enforcement options based on impact.

The top three priorities based on impacts are weeds that:

  • Threaten natural areas and habitat.
  • Can harm people.
  • Threaten agriculture.

The top three priorities for management are:

  • Weeds that are fairly new to Saanich and could be eradicated.
  • Keeping new weeds out of Saanich.
  • Weeds that can only be controlled in priority areas.

The top four priorities for action based on locations are:

  • In or next to rare and endangered ecosystems and habitat.
  • In or next to waterbodies and wetlands.
  • In or next to parks.
  • In or next to forested areas.