Tree Canopy Protection and Enhancement Policy

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The Municipal Tree Canopy Policy applies to all municipally owned trees and vegetation. The policy does not propose to change any current practices but rather provides clarity in terms of how the City achieves compliance with the requirement for municipal tree protection under the Municipal Act. The tree canopy policy does not apply to trees or vegetation on private property and as such, there are no implications for private property owners.

The outcome from this policy is to satisfy the Municipal Act requirements outlined in Section 270 of the Act by adopting a consolidated policy that describes how we provide oversight and protection of our municipal tree canopy.

Municipal Act Requirement:

Municipalities are required to maintain policies with respect to the protection and enhancement of municipal trees and natural vegetation. The Draft Municipal Tree Canopy Policy will ensure the City of Sarnia complies with this requirement in Section 270 of the Municipal Act, which states that municipalities shall adopt and maintain a policy with respect to the protection and enhancement of the tree canopy and natural vegetation in their municipality.

Existing Framework for the Municipal Tree Canopy:

The City of Sarnia presently has a number of tools to protect and enhance municipally owned trees and the urban canopy they create, as well as our natural areas and vegetation within our public parks spaces. The existing suite of plans, by-laws, and programs work together to support the proposed Tree Canopy Protection and Enhancement Policy, and as such, are included in the Draft Policy.
1. City of Sarnia Tree By-Law # 34 of 1992
2. City of Sarnia Parks & Recreation Master Plan
3. City of Sarnia Commemorative Bench and Memorial Tree Program
4. City of Sarnia Adopt a Park or Trail Program
5. City of Sarnia Trees of Distinction
6. Oak Wilt Awareness and Education
7. Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Resources and links referencing all of the above mentioned items are included here.

*Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks@sarnia.ca.

The Municipal Tree Canopy Policy applies to all municipally owned trees and vegetation. The policy does not propose to change any current practices but rather provides clarity in terms of how the City achieves compliance with the requirement for municipal tree protection under the Municipal Act. The tree canopy policy does not apply to trees or vegetation on private property and as such, there are no implications for private property owners.

The outcome from this policy is to satisfy the Municipal Act requirements outlined in Section 270 of the Act by adopting a consolidated policy that describes how we provide oversight and protection of our municipal tree canopy.

Municipal Act Requirement:

Municipalities are required to maintain policies with respect to the protection and enhancement of municipal trees and natural vegetation. The Draft Municipal Tree Canopy Policy will ensure the City of Sarnia complies with this requirement in Section 270 of the Municipal Act, which states that municipalities shall adopt and maintain a policy with respect to the protection and enhancement of the tree canopy and natural vegetation in their municipality.

Existing Framework for the Municipal Tree Canopy:

The City of Sarnia presently has a number of tools to protect and enhance municipally owned trees and the urban canopy they create, as well as our natural areas and vegetation within our public parks spaces. The existing suite of plans, by-laws, and programs work together to support the proposed Tree Canopy Protection and Enhancement Policy, and as such, are included in the Draft Policy.
1. City of Sarnia Tree By-Law # 34 of 1992
2. City of Sarnia Parks & Recreation Master Plan
3. City of Sarnia Commemorative Bench and Memorial Tree Program
4. City of Sarnia Adopt a Park or Trail Program
5. City of Sarnia Trees of Distinction
6. Oak Wilt Awareness and Education
7. Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Resources and links referencing all of the above mentioned items are included here.

*Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks@sarnia.ca.