Municipal Tree By-law Update

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What is the Municipal Tree By-law Update?

Council is considering making updates to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68 to increase tree protection and preservation in the community. The intent of the update is to consider extending the scope of the existing By-law to include a wider number of trees within the Town, potentially including the consideration of trees located on private property.

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What is the Municipal Tree By-law Update?

Council is considering making updates to the current Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68 to increase tree protection and preservation in the community. The intent of the update is to consider extending the scope of the existing By-law to include a wider number of trees within the Town, potentially including the consideration of trees located on private property.

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A public survey has been launched to gain feedback from residents and stakeholders. Results from the survey will assist in the Town’s potential development of an update to the current tree preservation by-law and will also be forwarded to the County of Grey as input to the development of updates to the County’s Forest Management By-law.

Overview & Background Information

In May 2017, Bill 68, entitled Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, was enacted by the provincial government and requires all municipalities to adopt and maintain policies to protect and enhance the municipal tree canopy by March 1, 2019. On January 14, 2019 Staff Report PDS.19.06 was presented to the Committee of the Whole outlining the Town’s existing policies regarding tree protection including policies of the Official Plan and Municipal Tree By-law 2010-68. While the existing policies and by-laws currently in place meet the legislative requirements of Bill 68, Council is seeking to establish additional policies to further increase tree preservation and canopy enhancement in the Town.

In July of 2019, the Town hosted a Public Meeting to obtain public feedback on proposed revisions to Municipal Tree Preservation By-law 2010-68, as is currently in force and effect, in order to extend interim protections on tree cutting on select private properties within the community. Comments received at the Public Meeting were generally supportive of the proposed revisions. Due to new comments received from the public prior to the consideration of the proposed revised By-law by the Committee of the Whole, and following a postponement of public engagement due to COVID-19 in March 2020, Council is now seeking further comments and feedback from the community regarding the direction and scope of tree protection policies in the Town.

The project's community engagement will focus on whether or not the Town should take a more active role in the protection of a wider range of trees within the municipality, potentially including those located on privately owned properties. Input and comments received from the public will help to guide the scope and direction of any future policies and/or by-law updates regarding tree preservation in the Town.

Process

To ensure any future policy changes or by-law updates are appropriate for the Town, a number of public engagement opportunities will be undertaken to gain valuable insight into the community's priorities regarding tree protection. This will include a Public Open House, a Community Survey, as well as a Public Meeting with the feedback collected during these engagement sessions assisting in the consideration of any policy changes or by-law updates by Council.

Want to get involved?

This webpage will be updated throughout the project's life cycle and will share key information, including public engagement opportunities, project materials, and important documents to keep the community informed. Residents, community members and stakeholders can also keep engaged by subscribing to this project's webpage for regular project updates. For more information, check out the "Who's Listening" section located at the top of the webpage and reach out to Travis Sandberg, Planner I. Written comments can be submitted to treebylaw@thebluemountains.ca and you can also complete the Community Survey which will be available to submit feedback until Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:55 p.m.