Updated: December 2022
Rebuilding support from the Government of Canada
See updates on the program at https://www.canada.ca/en/pacific-economic-development/services/funding/rebuilding-lytton.html
PacifiCan will offer two new programs to support the rebuilding of Lytton as a leading example of resilient, net-zero design:
- $6 million for the new Lytton Homeowner Resilient Rebuild program to support eligible homeowners who will rebuild to net-zero and fire-resistant standards; and
- $7.2 million to create the Lytton Business Restart program to help small- and medium-sized businesses re-establish in the community. This funding will include support for Indigenous businesses and those operated by women, youth and other underrepresented groups.
If you are thinking about what your home rebuild or business in Lytton will look like and have questions about how PacifiCan programs may be able to help, please contact PacifiCan at Lytton@pacifican.gc.ca.
Building wildfire resilient homes in Lytton
Lytton’s approved Building Bylaw 711 will improve the community’s resistance to inevitable future wildfires. Lytton will be the first community in Canada to adopt the 2021 National Guide for Wildland-Urban Interface Fires for wildfire protection construction best practices. The bylaw was developed from recommendations from the draft Community Wildfire Protection and Recovery Plan
- Presentation-Council_23-Nov-2022 – Sophie Guilbault, Director of Partnerships –
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
- Presentation-Council_9- Nov-22 – Community Wildfire Protection and Recovery Plan
- See the FEEDBACK – Bylaw 711 Community Feedback Summary
Wildfire protection measures in the proposed building bylaw can be completed as quickly as current building practices. Compared with Lytton’s pre-fire constructions that burned down in 2021, the proposed building bylaw will add an average of $5,000 in construction cost, with benefits10-20 times greater than the initial cost.
- Fire Resilience Cost – Lytton – example of a homeowners building cost
Modular Homes Builders
Landscaping for wildfire resident homes
The proposed bylaw calls for every new building permit application to include vegetation management plan and reduction of combustible materials in the zone closest to the home.
For example, within a zone of not more than 1.5 metres extending outward in all directions from the building, the following measures are proposed:
- Vegetation and combustible material, including woody shrubs, trees and tree branches, shall be completely removed down to mineral soil, and
- Non-combustible materials, such as gravel, brick, and concrete, shall be used for landscaping features
The FireSmart website allows homeowners to pick plant species that are considered low risk for communities located in the wildland urban interface. To access the full list of species that can be planted in Lytton:
- Visit https://firesmartbc.ca/landscaping-hub/fire-resistant-plants/
- Select « Zone 7» for Lytton and the full list of possible trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, perennials, annuals and bulbs will be presented. All plants categorized as «Zone 7» and below are acceptable for Lytton.
Free landscaping guides can be ordered on the FireSmart website.
Lytton Post-Fire Examination Report
Link through to the video presentation of the Lytton Post-Fire Examination Report: BC FireSmart.