Council Bans Installation of Wood Burning Appliances

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N E W S R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2019

Council Bans Installation of Wood Burning Appliances

Comox, BC – Council of the Town of Comox at its Regular Meeting held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 amended Comox Building Bylaw No. 1903 by banning the installation of wood burning appliances in new and/or existing construction.

Building on previous steps taken by Comox Council to improve air quality including the elimination of backyard fires, beach fires, campfires, fires used for the purpose of land clearing and the use of outdoor wood burning fireplaces and fire pits, this bylaw amendment brings us another step closer in doing our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

“Responding to our residents by taking steps to improve our air quality that contribute to the overall good health of our citizens is a priority of Council”, stated Mayor Russ Arnott. “We are pleased to be able to do our part in reducing greenhouse gases as well as continuing in our efforts of establishing policy that promotes the overall good health of our citizens and residents of the Comox Valley”.

The bylaw, effective immediately, will no longer permit installation of wood burning appliances in new and/or existing construction with one exception, that being when an existing wood burning appliance is upgraded and replaced with a more efficient model. Please contact the Building Department to learn more.

Media contacts:

Mayor Russ Arnott
rarnott@comox.ca
250.890,1224

Richard Kanigan, CAO
rkanigan@comox.ca
250.339.2202