Private Property Tree By-Law

Update: At its July 15 meeting, City Council referred the private property tree by-law to the City's Green Advisory Committee for further review.

While council did not make a decision on the proposed by-law, they did direct staff to add dead, diseased, dying and dangerous trees on private property to the Property Standards By-law.

The motion passed by council also asked staff to submit a private tree removal grant program, as well as the implementation of enhanced growth canopy initiatives, to the Budget Standing Committee as part of the 2020 budget deliberations.

The City also passed a motion delegating authority to prohibit or regulate the destruction or injury of trees and heritage trees in woodlands of less than one hectare in size to the Niagara Region under the Tree and Forest Conservation Bylaw.

Please watch for updates, and thank you for your participation in the consultation process.

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.

Update: At its July 15 meeting, City Council referred the private property tree by-law to the City's Green Advisory Committee for further review.

While council did not make a decision on the proposed by-law, they did direct staff to add dead, diseased, dying and dangerous trees on private property to the Property Standards By-law.

The motion passed by council also asked staff to submit a private tree removal grant program, as well as the implementation of enhanced growth canopy initiatives, to the Budget Standing Committee as part of the 2020 budget deliberations.

The City also passed a motion delegating authority to prohibit or regulate the destruction or injury of trees and heritage trees in woodlands of less than one hectare in size to the Niagara Region under the Tree and Forest Conservation Bylaw.

Please watch for updates, and thank you for your participation in the consultation process.

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.

  • Community input sought on draft private property tree by-law

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    The City is seeking public feedback on a proposed by-law to regulate trees on private property.

    Keeping the Garden City green and full of trees is one of the objectives of the Urban Forestry Management Plan approved by St. Catharines City Council in 2011. Council is considering a draft by-law to protect the current canopy cover in the City’s urban boundary, building on the approval of a by-law regulating trees on or affecting public property last June.

    A series of open houses are scheduled to take place in early May, or you can have your say through the City’s public...

    The City is seeking public feedback on a proposed by-law to regulate trees on private property.

    Keeping the Garden City green and full of trees is one of the objectives of the Urban Forestry Management Plan approved by St. Catharines City Council in 2011. Council is considering a draft by-law to protect the current canopy cover in the City’s urban boundary, building on the approval of a by-law regulating trees on or affecting public property last June.

    A series of open houses are scheduled to take place in early May, or you can have your say through the City’s public engagement platform at www.EngageSTC.ca/treebylaw. Community engagement is a critical part of the process, says John Bellehumeur, manager of Parks, Cemeteries, Forestry and Horticulture.

    “The City is looking at ways to be proactive in its efforts to preserve and improve its overall tree canopy cover,” said Bellehumeur. “Now we’re asking the public to share its input and assist the City as we strive to find ways to protect and increase the private property tree canopy.”

    The EngageSTC page includes the online survey and a quick poll, which will close on Wednesday, May 8 at 4 p.m., as well as downloadable copies of the draft by-law and staff report that were recently received by Council. The additional information on the project page details what types of trees the proposed by-law would protect, a proposed permit process, enforcement provisions, potential financial implications, as well as details on what by-laws other municipalities have in place.

    The open houses, which will be drop-in style, are scheduled to take place throughout the City on:

    • Wednesday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m., at St. Catharines 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 Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St. Paul St. West.

    The open houses and consultation period will be followed by a formal public meeting (which has yet to be scheduled) before being presented to City Council for a final decision.