Newsletter Signup

Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Pilot program launches March 1

STOCK_Tree-lined_Street

The City of Burlington’s Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Pilot program launches today (Friday, March 1).

It will only affect the Roseland community for two years, ending in March 2021 when a report with recommendations will be presented to Burlington City Council.  Later this year, the City will start the process of engaging with the public on the possibility of implementing a citywide private tree bylaw.

The pilot project is looking to protect trees on private properties with diameters larger than 30 centimetres, and historic and rare tree species from damage or destruction.

Local residents and businesses looking to learn more about how the bylaw will protect Burlington’s tree canopy can visit the City’s website at burlington.ca/PrivateTree.

Two information sessions were held on Jan. 29 and Feb. 26 specifically for Roseland residents with approximately ??? (25 for the first) people attending the sessions.

About the Private Tree Bylaw

The bylaw states that no one can injure, destroy, cause or allow the injury or destruction of a tree with a diameter of 30 cm or larger, or of a tree of significance (meaning historic or rare). The full bylaw,  including information on permits, exemptions and fines, is available online on the City’s website.

Examples of exemptions include:

  • Trees with a diameter of less than 30 cm;
  • For the purpose of pruning in accordance with Good Arboricultural Practices;
  • For emergency work;
  • If the tree has a high or extreme likelihood of failure and impact as verified or confirmed by an Arborist or the Manager of Urban Forestry;
  • If the tree is dead, as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or a designate;
  • If the tree is an ash tree (due to the Emerald Ash Borer), as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or designate; and
  • If a tree is within two metres of an occupied building.For more exemptions, visit Burlington.ca/PrivateTree

More exemptions can be found at Burlington.ca/PrivateTree.

Permits/Fines

  • Anyone looking to remove a tree with a diameter larger than 30 cm, or a tree of significance, can apply for a permit online by visiting Burlington.ca/PrivateTree.
  • If a tree is removed without a permit, there is a minimum fine of $500 and maximum fine of $100,000.

MY TAKE:

Healthy and mature trees benefit more than just the property owner, they benefit everyone in the community. From their flood mitigation and wind reduction properties, ability to provide habitat to birds and other creatures, and significant contribution to our clean air, they’re an asset that grows in value with each passing year. For the health and well-being of our city, they deserve our protection. We believe this Private Tree Bylaw will do just that.

I know from talking to residents that there are many people in our city who are passionate about our trees and as I mentioned in my inaugural address, protecting Burlington’s tree canopy is one my goals — they’re a valuable resource we need to preserve.

Receive new post notifications by email

1 thought on “Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Pilot program launches March 1”

  1. My Take:
    I don’t like the idea. I have a very small property with numerous trees on it. The tree roots wreak havoc on my sewage pipes, which need to be cleared out every year. It’s costing me a lot of money although I am retired on a fixed income. Of course, I am not allowed to cut these city trees. I also am having trouble keeping up with all the new laws and rules that are constantly imposed upon us. Now, our trees are not really our trees even when they’re not city trees. Yikes!
    This lack of personal freedom is NOT what my ancestors gave their lives up for in World War ll.
    Btw, you’re doing a great job Marianne. Keep up the great work!

What's your take?

Here are guidelines before you comment, and our expectations before we will post:

  • Be civil. Would you speak this way to a good friend? If not, rewrite.
  • Focus on the issues. Build your argument and make your case in support of your opinion from facts, research or other sources. That way we can all learn. “I disagree with so-and-so because…” is fine; “So-and-so is naïve/stupid  for thinking the way he/she does and here’s why…” is not acceptable.
  • Don’t make personal attacks. Don’t assume motives of those you disagree with, make unfounded allegations, spread rumours, or engage in any other behaviours that would discourage you from participating if someone said this to, or about, you. The Golden Rule applies: Do unto others as you would have done to you. We will edit or not post comments with this type of content.
  • Say it once: When comments from the same individual or individuals become repetitive, going over ground already stated, we reserve the right to close commenting.
  • Use your full, and real, name. If wish to make a comment in public, we expect you will publicly stand behind it with your name. If you don’t want to publicly reveal your name, that’s fine; you are always welcome to share your thoughts with me privately via my email below. I welcome and consider all feedback in making decisions for the community.
  • Have fun, consider and learn. Share your views and read those of others. May we all benefit from a healthy exchange of ideas, and learn a little more about the people in our community, what you think, and what’s important to each of you. You may end up changing your mind about an issue; even if you don’t, we hope everyone will gain a greater understanding of why people have different perspectives.

Newsletter Sign Up

Phone: 905-335-7607
Email:  mayor@burlington.ca

Constituent Assistant: Georgie Gartside
georgie.gartside@burlington.ca
905-335-7600, ext. 7689