posted on 7:30 PM, July 6, 2016
Project leader: Stacey Barker
Open burning in the FVRD is managed through policies at the provincial and municipal level, but these do not address all open burning activities within the region, particularly residential or backyard burning within the rural parts of the region. Phase I of this project involved looking at options and recommendations for the FVRD moving forward with policies or practices to address the regulatory gaps of open burning within the region.
Phase II of this project will research and present appropriate options for the FVRD to consider, not just in bylaw content, but how such a bylaw can be effectively rolled out in the region. It will include the development of a business case for alternatives, as well as strategies for ensuring the greatest chance of voluntary compliance and buy-in. This may involve alternatives, an educational campaign, a phased approach, or other outside the box solutions that have not yet been identified. The results of this project will be transferrable throughout the Fraser Valley as well as other rural areas of the Province that have a “culture of burning”.