By Rob Burton
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:00 am ·  3 Comments
This month, Council will be voting on new amendments that will strengthen our current private tree protections and better preserve our current tree canopy.
Oakville’s recent I-Tree report has shown that – despite ice storms and the Emerald Ash Borer – Oakville’s tree canopy is growing. Between 2005 and 2015 we added 100,000 new trees and grew the overall canopy cover by 1.3 percentage points.
That’s a significant achievement, but Council is determined to find ways to better protect Oakville’s current canopy cover.
Among other things, the proposed amendment amendments would create new requirements for replanting and create stricter guidelines and fees for removing healthy trees.
These changes will also include provisions to address a current conflict of interest problem within the bylaw. Dead, terminally infested or imminently hazardous trees can currently be removed without a permit if they are determined to be a danger by a certified commercial arborist.
Last Council meeting, Mayor Burton introduced a report directing staff to address this potential conflict of interest within their recommendations. Council is expected to vote on the final report in the coming months.
Below you can find some of the more significant changes being proposed: