Protecting Trees on Private Property

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Trees are a key part of our community, as they provide many benefits to residents and visitors alike. It is important for us to maintain and increase our urban tree canopy as King continues to grow. We thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions about healthy private trees, and how we can best protect them through our public consultation period.

The consultation period was open from July 18th, 2019 to September 20th, 2019 to receive feedback from the public on a Draft Private Tree By-law. The proposed Draft Private Tree By-law only applies to healthy private trees located within the three Village Communities of King City, Nobleton, and Schomberg. You can review the report from the June 10th, 2019 meeting of Committee of the Whole for more information about the Draft By-law.

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Trees are a key part of our community, as they provide many benefits to residents and visitors alike. It is important for us to maintain and increase our urban tree canopy as King continues to grow. We thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions about healthy private trees, and how we can best protect them through our public consultation period.

The consultation period was open from July 18th, 2019 to September 20th, 2019 to receive feedback from the public on a Draft Private Tree By-law. The proposed Draft Private Tree By-law only applies to healthy private trees located within the three Village Communities of King City, Nobleton, and Schomberg. You can review the report from the June 10th, 2019 meeting of Committee of the Whole for more information about the Draft By-law.

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Consultation has concluded
  • King decides to not move forward with private tree bylaw

    17 days ago

    At the Nov. 18 council meeting, the final report on the proposed private tree bylaw was on the agenda.

    You can read the report here: http://bit.ly/2Qt2p8a

    Council voted to accept the staff recommendation to not move forward with a private tree bylaw based on feedback from the community. Staff will explore other tools in support of greening initiatives to enhance the urban tree canopy.

    King would like to thank all the residents who took the time to provide their input on the proposed bylaw.

    Thanks too, to the resident volunteers who sat on the working group that helped staff throughout...

    At the Nov. 18 council meeting, the final report on the proposed private tree bylaw was on the agenda.

    You can read the report here: http://bit.ly/2Qt2p8a

    Council voted to accept the staff recommendation to not move forward with a private tree bylaw based on feedback from the community. Staff will explore other tools in support of greening initiatives to enhance the urban tree canopy.

    King would like to thank all the residents who took the time to provide their input on the proposed bylaw.

    Thanks too, to the resident volunteers who sat on the working group that helped staff throughout the process of drafting the bylaw: Bruce Craig, Catherine Flear, Mary Muter and Mike Shackleford.

  • Quick Reference Guide

    5 months ago
    Tree tops

    Definitions

    "Cash-in-lieu" means a payment equivalent to the cost of replanting and maintaining a tree for two years. This option is only available to property owners that do not have the space to plant three replacement trees.

    Dead, Dying, or Diseased” means a Tree with no living tissue, a tree where seventy (70) per cent or more of its crown is dead, or a tree infected by a lethal pathogen(s).

    “DBH” means “Diameter at Breast Height” and is calculated as the Diameter of the stem or trunk of a Tree measured at a point that is 1.37 metres...

    Definitions

    "Cash-in-lieu" means a payment equivalent to the cost of replanting and maintaining a tree for two years. This option is only available to property owners that do not have the space to plant three replacement trees.

    Dead, Dying, or Diseased” means a Tree with no living tissue, a tree where seventy (70) per cent or more of its crown is dead, or a tree infected by a lethal pathogen(s).

    “DBH” means “Diameter at Breast Height” and is calculated as the Diameter of the stem or trunk of a Tree measured at a point that is 1.37 metres above the ground.

    “Good Arboriculture Practice” means the proper implementation of removal, renewal and maintenance activities known to be appropriate for individual trees in and around urban areas and includes pruning of trees to remove dead limbs, maintain structural stability and balance, or to encourage their natural form, provided that such pruning is limited to the appropriate removal of not more than one-third of the live branches or limbs of a tree. Good Arboricultural Practice shall also include the cutting and removal of severely damaged, diseased and insect infested trees which must be removed in order to prevent contamination or infestation of other trees, or which no longer contribute to the achievement of forest values.

    Hazardous” means destabilized or structurally compromised to an extent that it presents an imminent danger of causing property damage or injury to life.

    "Replacement Tree" means a tree that will be planted in the place of a healthy tree that is removed from a property by the authorization of a permit.

    "Tree" means any species of woody perennial plant, including its root system, which has reached or can reach a height of at least 4.5 metres at physiological maturity.

    Application of the By-law

    The Draft By-law applies to Trees that are 20 cm DBH on private property within the Village Communities of King City, Nobleton, and Schomberg, and does not apply to Woodlands or Woodlots.

    There are some exemptions to this by-law, such as pruning, normal farm practices, or emergency work. There are also several legislated exemptions under the Municipal Act, such as work performed in accordance with the Planning Act or Electricity Act.