Private Property Tree By-Law

Keeping the Garden City green and full of trees is one of the objectives of the Urban Forestry Management Plan approved by Council in 2011. St. Catharines City Council is considering a by-law to regulate trees on private property.

The City has prepared a draft by-law, but is seeking public feedback before it will be considered at an upcoming council meeting.

Residents can attend one of a series of open houses to provide their input. The drop-in style open house dates are:

  • Wednesday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m., at Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St.
  • Monday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.
  • Tuesday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St. Paul St. West

As part of the public engagement process, the City has also launched an online survey on the proposed by-law (Please note, the survey questions will be the same that will be asked during the public consultation. We are asking residents to only complete the survey if you have not provided feedback at one of the open house events). Also, please be sure to complete our poll on this issue. The survey and poll will close on Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

The open houses and consultation period will be followed by a formal public meeting (date to be determined) before being presented to Council for a final decision.

Keeping the Garden City green and full of trees is one of the objectives of the Urban Forestry Management Plan approved by Council in 2011. St. Catharines City Council is considering a by-law to regulate trees on private property.

The City has prepared a draft by-law, but is seeking public feedback before it will be considered at an upcoming council meeting.

Residents can attend one of a series of open houses to provide their input. The drop-in style open house dates are:

  • Wednesday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m., at Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St.
  • Monday, May 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart St.
  • Tuesday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St. Paul St. West

As part of the public engagement process, the City has also launched an online survey on the proposed by-law (Please note, the survey questions will be the same that will be asked during the public consultation. We are asking residents to only complete the survey if you have not provided feedback at one of the open house events). Also, please be sure to complete our poll on this issue. The survey and poll will close on Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

The open houses and consultation period will be followed by a formal public meeting (date to be determined) before being presented to Council for a final decision.

Private Property Tree By-Law Survey

St. Catharines City Council is considering a by-law to regulate trees on private property. The City has prepared a draft by-law and is seeking public feedback on the trees and properties (within the City’s urban boundary) that the by-law would regulate. 

Thank you for your feedback on the draft private property tree by-law. Please note, the survey questions will be the same that will be asked during the public consultation. We are asking residents to only complete the survey if you have not provided feedback at one of the open house events. 

Once you have completed the survey, please be sure to complete our poll on this issue.

You need to be signed in to take this survey.

Are you a resident, or do you own property, in St. Catharines? * required
Have you already attended or do you plan on attending one of the scheduled public consultations listed below? Wednesday, May 1, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Kiwanis Aquatics Centre Irene Locke Program Room Monday, May 6, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Port Weller Community Centre Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seymour Hannah Arena Sean Jackson Room * required

The images below are photos with descriptions of various trees and properties. Please select yes or no if you would like to see the images described regulated by a private property tree by-law.

A property larger than 1 hectare (10,000 square metres)

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Would you like to see trees on this property size pictured above (larger than 1 hectare or 10,000 square metres) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A property that is smaller than 1 hectare (10,000 square metres) but greater than 0.5 hectare (5,000 square metres)

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Would you like to see trees on the property size pictured above (smaller than 1 hectare or 10,000 square metres but greater than 0.5 hectare or 5,000 square metres) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A property smaller than 0.5 hectare (5,000 square metres)

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Would you like to see trees on the property size pictured above (a property smaller than 0.5 hectare or 5,000 square metres) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A property covered with many trees (woodlots)

Image 4    woodlot
Would you like to see the tree(s) in the above photo (a property covered with many trees - woodlots) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A property with a few trees on it

Image 5   a few trees
Would you like to see the tree(s) in the above photo (a property with a few trees) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A tree that will not exceed a measurement of 3 meters in height at full maturity

Image 6   3m high tree
Would you like to see the tree(s) in the above photo (tree(s) not exceeding a measurement of 3 meters in height at full maturity) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A tree that will not exceed a measurement of 10 centimetres in diameter at breast height

Image 7   10cm tree
Would you like to see the tree(s) in the above photo (a tree that will not exceed a measurement of 10 centimetres in diameter at breast height) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A tree that will exceed a measurement of 20 centimetres in diameter at breast height

Image 8   20cm tree
Would you like to see the tree in the above photo (a tree that will exceed a measurement of 20 centimetres in diameter at breast height ) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A tree that will exceed a measurement of 50 centimetres in diameter at breast height

Image 9   50cm tree
Would you like to see the tree in the above photo (a tree that will exceed a measurement of 50 centimetres in diameter at breast height) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

A tree that has no living tissue or is no longer viable to maintain in a safe or healthy condition

Image 10   ddd tree
Would you like to see the tree in the above photo (a tree that has no living tissue or is no longer viable to maintain in a safe or healthy condition) regulated by a private property tree by-law? * required

Additional Feedback

Please answer the following questions:

Would you support budget funds being allocated to cover the costs of staff and additional resources required to regulate trees on private property? * required
What is an appropriate permit fee for an applicant’s first tree removal request? * required
Should permits be posted publicly before the tree is removed? * required
If a permit is approved for removal of a tree on private property, should a replacement tree(s) be planted on the property, or on an alternate location approved by the City of St. Catharines? * required
Would you support the City accepting cash-in-lieu payments as a condition of a permit for the purpose to replant tree(s) in alternate locations throughout the City? * required
Should the City be introducing a by-law to regulate trees on private property within the City’s urban boundary? * required
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