Better protection for trees in the Forest City will be on the agenda at London City Hall next week.
London already has a tree protection bylaw, but councillors on the planning and environment committee will review a plan to beef of the bylaw next Monday. If approved by councillors, the revamped bylaw would aim to protect London’s largest trees from being cut down.
Londoners would need a permit and approval to cut down a healthy tree that was 75 centimetres or more in diameter. The cost of a permit could run as high as $100 per tree.
The permit would only be issued if city staff agree the tree should be cut down. Anyone who violates the bylaw would face a fine between $500-$10,000.
The proposed new bylaw would clarify “designated tree protection areas” and is part of the city’s plan to increase its tree cover to 34 per cent by 2065 (it currently stands at 24 per cent).
An aerial map has also been developed to show which areas of London would be included in the protected areas. The trees the city is targeting for protection represent about one per cent of the total trees in London, which works out to 40,000 trees.
Anyone who violates the bylaw would face a fine
While councillors will get a chance to sound off on the ideas, Londoners will also get a chance during a public participation meeting on Monday night, set to begin 7:30 p.m.
(photo credit: Dave Colvin)