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West Vancouver Municipal Update - Spring 2016

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Blog by John Jennings | April 13th, 2016

Greetings  and Happy Springtime!

We have some very important and exciting issues coming up soon at Council:


Monday, April 18 at 6pm:



FENCING - we currently have no fencing bylaw.  The proposal is to limit fences on smaller lots (Ambleside. Dundarave, HBay) to no higher than 4 feet in front yard areas and 6 feet on side and back yard areas.  On large lots, 6 feet and 8 feet respectively.

LOT CONSOLIDATION - for any lot consolidated after May 1, the proposal is to limit the size of the house to 150% of that permitted for the minimum lot area in the zone.

SITE LANDSCAPING - new building projects will require a landscaping plan (to maximize rain retention, drought-resistant native plants, natural topography, site stability, etc), and significant security deposits.

These three proposed bylaws require a Public Hearing, which, if Council approves moving forward, will be held May 16th; this is when you can have your say “in person” on these issues.



In general, boulevard trees that are more than 6cm in diameter could not be cut without a permit, and fines for cutting trees enforced, planting of invasive plants on boulevards would not be allowed, fences, retaining walls and other encroachments would generally not be allowed in boulevard areas.



We currently have no tree bylaw on private land. Please see the link below for details; in general, trees with a diameter of 75cms could not be cut without a permit (nor Arbutus or Garry Oaks larger than 20cm diameter), trees larger than 75cms could be cut only on lots being developed if they are in the building envelope or required driveway/garage.



If you are interested in the report details, please see here:



If you are interested in providing feedback by email, please write to:



If you are interested in coming to the meeting April 18th to speak in front of Council, please arrive early to sign up for the speakers’ list for the item you want to speak to!


In other news, from Translink:

West Vancouver – Downtown – UBC (44/250/258)

To discontinue the 258 will not be advancing it at this time. Translink will undertake detailed data collection and analysis of the 258 to further understand ridership along the entire route.

British Properties – Chartwell (254/256)

Translink will implement the 254/256 changes to provide two-way service in the British Properties.

Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal Express (257)

Translink will implement the 257 change to provide more direct service and reduce travel time. Service within Horseshoe Bay Village will be maintained by the 250 and C12.



Nora Gambioli

Councillor  |  District of West Vancouver

604-653-8823  |  westvancouver.ca