The City of Kingston is updating its Tree Bylaw and invites residents to come to an open house and coffee chats to review and share feedback on the proposed changes.
The open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 at Fairmount Home, 2069 Battersea Rd. A brief presentation by City staff is planned for 6:30 p.m., but you may drop in at any time. Coffee chats with City staff have also been scheduled for Friday, September 22:
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“The draft revisions focus on the application of the Tree Bylaw and situations where tree removals may be exempt,” says Annemarie Eusebio, intermediate planner.
The Tree Bylaw regulates the destruction or injury of trees within the City. Proposed changes to the bylaw reflect the input received through the public consultation that was conducted last year and include:
• Constraints to tree removals in “significant woodlands” and “environmental protection areas”;
• Exemptions that apply to the “Rural Area” and the “Urban Area” of the City;
• New provisions for tree removals for “personal use” and “commercial harvesting”;
• Broader permissions for tree removals associated with normal farm practices; and
• More information on compensation, financial securities and legal agreements.
Visit CityofKingston.ca/Trees to see the revised bylaw and find opportunities to provide your feedback.