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Bird-Safe Design Guidelines
Bird-Safe Design Guidelines – Development Application Review Criteria
- Environmental Impact Statements: Where an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required to support a development application, the EIS consultant will review and consider the Bird-Safe Design Guidelines in the preparation of the EIS and any associated recommendations. Staff will work with applicants to balance the Bird-Safe Design Guidelines with the urban design objectives of the project where necessary.
- Site Plan Applications: Mid to high rise residential and medium to large scale commercial / industrial / institutional:
- Bird-safe glass or integrated protection measures may be required through conditions of site plan approval for projects involving large expanses of glazing. However, it is important that the Bird-Safe Design Guidelines do not have a significant impact on the affordability or timelines of the respective project. Recognize that corporate standards or other design requirements may limit or preclude use of bird-safe glass or integrated protection measures in cases of small-scale commercial buildings (e.g. restaurant, retail pads).
- Education and Awareness: The guidelines should be promoted and shared during pre-application consultations, to raise awareness of the risk factors (e.g., glass and related design traps such as corner glass and fly-through conditions, ventilation grates and open pipes, landscaping, light pollution).