Sustainability Initiatives

Waste Management

  • Reduced weekly garbage limit to one 121 litre garbage receptacle per week
  • Implemented bi-weekly curbside recycling program
  • Implemented weekly curbside organics program (yard and kitchen waste)
  • Banned all open fires and outdoor burning in the Town
  • Switched to biodegradable dog waste bags in dispensing units


  • Converted all traffic lights to LED, resulting in an 80% reduction in energy consumption
  • Installed solar-powered pedestrian crossing lights
  • Required the use of cut-off flat lens street lights in all new developments and road projects
  • Allowed for the provision of bicycle parking spaces in lieu of vehicle spaces in commercial development
  • Recycled waste asphalt from major road project
  • Adopted Idling Control policy to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from municipal vehicles

Storm Water Management

  • Created Environmental Development Permit Guidelines
  • Added requirement for temporary stormwater erosion control ponds on development projects
  • Implemented an Integrated Storm Water Management System and alternative subdivision servicing standards for a nearby development in order to maintain the environmental integrity of the Lazo Marsh Conservation Area
  • Implemented an Integrated Storm Water Management System to ensure the long term environmental integrity of McDonald Bog
  • Implemented a stormwater management plan for Butchers Road area, including the construction of major retention facility
  • To view details on the North East Comox Stormwater Management Plan initiative - click here
  • CAVI -Comox Valley Regional Team. Click on this link to view an update on our cross-jurisdictional collaboration towards Water Sustainability

Parks and Open Space

  • Obtained 4.5 additional hectares of parkland
  • Planted 170 trees in Town parks and along roadways
  • Installed satellite controlled irrigation system reducing water consumption
  • Supported and assisted local stewardship group


  • Increased sidewalk width and installed pedestrian bulbs in the downtown area creating a safer and more pedestrian-friendly environment
  • Participated in the Regional Water Education Partnership undertaken by the Regional District
  • Instituted the Water Conservation Plumbing Regulation requiring the installation of low-flush toilets in all new development and significant renovations
  • Implemented Pesticide Use Bylaw that bans the cosmetic use of pesticides on private residential land
  • Implemented a “Sustainability Checklist” encouraging developers to incorporate more environmentally and socially sustainable practices in development
  • Initiated a two-year baseline monitoring study of McDonald Bog
  • Developed a comprehensive greenway and park dedication plan for the Butchers Road area, including the protection of a significant aspen forest
  • Adopted an Affordable Housing Strategy, including a Strata Conversion Policy
  • Legalized the development of new secondary suites within single-family homes in certain areas
  • Held two public information forums – one on Smart Growth and one on Sustainable Buildings
  • Signed on to BC Climate Action Charter, committing to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in order to address global climate change
  • Switched to using 100% recycled content printer and photocopier paper
  • Converted the annual Town Square Christmas tree and street tree lights to LED
  • Installed numerous EV Charging Stations throughout Comox including Town Hall, the Fire Hall, Comox Centre Mall.
  • Council updated the Building Bylaw to include the BC Energy Step Code, which requires energy efficiency in new construction in the Town, ahead of the Province’s schedule.