About the Tree Protection Bylaw Review
Council identified a Tree Protection Review in the 2019 Strategic Plan. Staff initiated a review of the current Tree Bylaw and, with the help of a consultant, drafted a new Tree Management Bylaw.
We want your input!
Highlights of the new bylaw include:
- Introducing a Tree Density Target of 50 trees per hectare
- Trees 20 cm or more in diameter are protected
- Removals of any protected tree must be replaced with three trees, up to the target density, to get the canopy to grow back quicker
- New application fees to recover District costs. There would be no cost to remove hazardous trees, a $75 base fee plus $25 per tree to a maximum of $200, and a fee of $75 to amend a permit.
- Landscape deposit required for replacement trees until trees established
- Cash in lieu option for when trees cannot be planted on the same property to fund planting on municipal property
- Tree retention incentivized with credit for retention of trees
- Tree removal on lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) remains exempt from the requirement for a permit, however, a written statement from the owner declaring that the trees are to be removed for an agricultural use is required.
Questions or comments?
Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With questions, please contact Ivo van der Kamp at 236-638-3520.