A: Any development on the slope or within the 20-metre buffer area, including soil disturbance or vegetation removal could trigger the Development Permit process and require a technical report by a qualified professional with expertise in landslide assessments. This is the existing requirement under the Development Permit guidelines and this would remain the same with the proposed amendments.
Prior to starting any work within the Hazard Conditions Development Permit Area for steep slopes, contact the City’s Development Services Department to determine if a permit is required. Minor routine vegetation maintenance and hazard tree removal are generally exempt from the Development Permit process; however, written exemption permission would also need to be in place. Also, other Development Permit Areas may be applicable to address foreshore habitat or nesting Bald Eagles.
To contact Development Services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-286-5725.