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Offer input on the City's Tree Bylaw at open house and coffee chats

September 6, 2017 -

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, Sept. 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, Sept. 22:

  • 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 1485 Unity Rd., Kingston Fire & Rescue Station #8
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 211 Gore Rd., Kingston Fire & Rescue Station #3

"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 www.CityofKingston.ca/Trees to see the revised bylaw and find opportunities to provide your feedback.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.