Protecting Trees on Private Property

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. Help us increase our tree canopy by sharing your thoughts and opinions about healthy private trees, and how we can best protect them.

Please keep in mind that 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 also review the report for more information.

We want to hear from you!

We invite you to take part in this discussion about the value of trees on private property, and what they contribute to King as a whole.

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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. Help us increase our tree canopy by sharing your thoughts and opinions about healthy private trees, and how we can best protect them.

Please keep in mind that 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 also review the report for more information.

We want to hear from you!

We invite you to take part in this discussion about the value of trees on private property, and what they contribute to King as a whole.

You can take part by:

Register with us!

In order to get involved, you will need to create an account and register as a user. Once registered, you will be able to contribute to all aspects of this page.

Have questions about the Draft Private Tree By-law? Submit a question and staff will respond to you as soon as possible. 

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  • Where will the replacement trees be planted if I don't have room on my own property?

    Debbie S asked about 1 month ago

    The Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department will use cash-in-lieu contributions to plant replacement trees on municipal property. 

    - Jacqueline

  • I don't have room on my property in King City to plant the replacement trees. I have access to quality young native tree whips. Why can't I provide those for planting where ever you will plant the replacement trees purchased with my $500 x 3.

    Debbie S asked about 1 month ago

    Under the Draft Private Tree By-law, replacement trees need to be 5-7cm DBH or larger. This is a standard size for replacement trees recommended by established practices and tree management used by the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department.

    - Jacqueline  

  • I am quite surprised by the exceptions identified in section 15 a,b,and c. It sounds like there is no effort to reduce the tree destruction for new builds.

    Debbie S asked about 1 month ago

    The Draft Private Tree By-law allows the removal of trees under a Building Permit. A Tree Plan is also a required element of the application which will take into consideration the number of trees the property owner wants to remove. 

    - Jacqueline

  • I my tree is dead or dying I understand that replacement trees are not required. Sounds reasonable. But doesn't sound reasonable that my application would required a landscape plan; and it doesn't sound reasonable that it would still take 14 days to process.

    Debbie S asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for providing feedback, we will take this into consideration. The allotment of 14 days is a standard time for all tree permits. If staff are able to process them faster than 14 days, they certainly will, but it gives administrative time to account for a volume of applications. 

    - Jacqueline

  • If someone who follows the rules needs to plant or fund 3 trees for every one cut down I think that when there has been a bylaw contravention the the "penalty" for such should be greater than 3 for each one.

    Debbie S asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you, we have received your comments. Staff will be reviewing all feedback to be taken into consideration.