Noxious Weeds Bylaw Revision Objectives
We want to broaden the bylaw to consider current issues like:
- New invasive species like Japanese Knotweed.
- Current agricultural weeds like Blessed Milk Thistle [PDF - 250 KB].
- Established invasive species like English Ivy.
- Naturescape gardening.
- Neglected properties.
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
- 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.
- 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.