Burlington looking at tree bylaws so they might see the future of the forest

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Published October 21, 2021 at 1:48 pm

The City of Burlington is making long-term plans about trees on public and private property and wants to hear from residents.

The proposed Tree Protection and Enhancement Guiding Principles, was well as proposed amendments to to the private tree bylaw, will be up for discussion at a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The focus of the discussion will be on how these guiding principles will help to develop city policies and how they will influence future amendments to the City’s public and private tree bylaws.

“The establishment of guiding principles will set the framework for how trees are protected and preserved within the city,” said Steve Robinson, Burlington’s aborist and manager of forestry.

“These guiding principles will help define policy required to support the administration of tree preservation bylaws, forestry programs and city standards that will promote the growth of the urban canopy to achieve the 35 per cent canopy target in 2041.”

According to the principles, a multi-faceted approach is required to meet this goal, which is addressed through four guiding principles:

  • tree planting and replacement
  • protection and preservation
  • asset maintenance
  • community outreach, education, and collaboration

For more information about the public meeting, to register, or to complete an online public survey that will be open until Nov. 12, visit the city’s website.

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