Saanich takes steps to improve Environmental Development Permit Area Bylaw

September 28, 2016

Saanich, BC – Saanich has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a third-party to review and provide recommendations to Council on ways to improve the current Environmental Development Permit Area (EDPA) Bylaw.

Improving the bylaw aligns with Saanich’s ongoing commitment to the protection and restoration of rare ecosystems and vital habitats, while mitigating financial impacts on property owners.

Saanich will accept proposals until October 18, 2016. From there, a rigorous procurement process will be followed to determine the successful proponent. 


The scope of work for the successful proponent will include:

  • Review the bylaw and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Compare Saanich’s EDPA Bylaw to other municipalities.
  • Prepare a draft report outlining potential recommendations.
  • Prepare a final report with potential solutions for Council’s review and deliberation, based on feedback received.


Quick Facts:

  • Saanich is home to many of B.C.’s threatened and endangered species – including one of the top three most endangered habitats in Canada: Garry Oak ecosystems.
  • Many municipalities have an EDPA in place to protect the environment.
  • Only 5% of private properties in Saanich are within, or partially within, the EDPA.
  • 52% of the EDPA in Saanich is located on public land (mostly parks).
  • Saanich Council adopted the EDPA Bylaw in March 2012. 
  • After a public check-in process held from June 2016 to February 2016, Council moved to hire a consultant to review the EDPA Bylaw. 


Learn More:

  • For more information about the EDPA Bylaw, please visit:
  • To view the RFP and requirements, please visit




Media Contact:
Kelsie Carwithen   
Saanich Communications
250-475-5494 ext. 3444