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Upcoming Citywide Private Tree Bylaw Engagement Opportunities


Do you want to find out more about a proposed citywide Private Tree Bylaw? Residents and businesses are invited to attend an information session where you’ll learn about the pilot currently in effect in the Roseland community and get the change to provide feedback on the potential implementation of a citywide Private Tree bylaw.

The City of Burlington has three planned sessions for this month:

  • Saturday, Aug. 24 — 9 a.m. to noon (12 p.m.) at Mountainside Recreation Centre, Rm. 2, 2205 Mt Forest Dr.;
  • Monday, Aug. 26 — 1-4 p.m. at Royal Botanical Gardens, Auditorium Rm. B., 680 Plains Rd. W.; and
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 — 7-9 p.m. at Tansley Woods Community Centre, Rm. 1&2, 1996 Itabashi Way.

For more information on how to register, head to

If you cannot attend, there is an online survey available until Aug. 26 at where you can provide your feedback. To learn more about the bylaw, visit

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2 thoughts on “Upcoming Citywide Private Tree Bylaw Engagement Opportunities”

  1. The city has no right to dictate what a private property owner can do with trees on their own property.
    If they planted the tree they have the right to cut it down. Right?
    The next step will be a bylaw requiring you to plant a tree?
    Council should restrict their efforts to improving roads and services.

    If the city were interested in improving the environment (which is not their mandate) they would clean up the unnecessary 3 and 4 way stop signs that waste fuel and impede traffic flow.
    Better control of stop lights would also help. Often on main roads in off hours you will get a red light when there are no vehicles in sight. (Brant 7 AM in the morning) Wasted fuel, time lost and mechanical wear on cars is an issue.

    Another area is coming off the 403 late at night and heading south on the Guelph Line the number of red lights are crazy. Fix it!!

  2. Hard to argue against more trees. But I do have a question that I don’t see discussed in the by-law.
    If someone applies to remove a tree and the arborist determines that it does not meet the criteria for removal, who accepts the liability for damage or injury if at some point in the future the tree or branches come down? Seems to me that the city is taking on some liability that may prove costly in the future.

    I’ve seen a number that compares our tree canopy compared to other cities. But this is a number for the whole city. We know that in new development areas you can expect the tree canopy to be very low while in more mature areas it would be quite high. Is there a map that breaks down the canopy by ward boundaries?

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