Authority to Control Weeds

Year
2011
Category
Environment
NCLGA Ref#
B4
UBCM Ref#
B92

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS the Local Government Act authorizes regional districts to “require the owners or occupiers of real property, or their agents, to clear the property of brush, trees, noxious weeds or other growths”; however, “noxious weeds” is not defined in this legislative context;

AND WHEREAS the Community Charter authorizes municipal councils to exercise their authority over “trees, weeds, or other growths that council considers should be removed, cut down or trimmed”, which appears to give municipalities broader authority to control weeds than regional districts are afforded under the Local Government Act:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to change its legislation to ensure that regional districts have the same authority as municipalities to control any plant species that the regional district board considers undesirable.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling for a change in provincial legislation that would grant regional districts the authority to control any plant species that the Regional District Board considered undesirable. However, the UBCM membership has endorsed several resolutions calling for provincial funding and assistance in combating invasive plant species (2010-B29, 2005-B25).

Formerly titled: LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (NOXIOUS WEEDS)