City wants public input on privately owned trees
City officials will be talking about trees during a new consultation with local property owners.
“The city’s urban forest plays a key role in supporting community health and well-being,” states a press release from the city. “Peterborough’s canopy currently covers 29 per cent of our city and we are committed to preserving and enhancing this community resource.”
“With only 20 per cent of the urban forest being situated on public lands, the city is embarking on a process to work with residents to understand how to best manage our urban forest in collaboration with private property owners,” the release continues.
The process will include a series of open house meetings.
These will be held Nov. 14 at city hall, Nov. 19 at Northminster United Church, Nov. 20 at Westdale United Church, Nov. 26 at the Lions Community Centre in East City and Nov. 27 at the Kinsmen Civic Centre. The meetings are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“We understand that a successful urban forest canopy conservation bylaw needs to balance preservation of canopy cover to achieve wider community benefits with the need to respect the rights and responsibilities of individual property owners,” states Michael Papadacos, manager of the infrastructure management division.
The Municipal Act requires municipalities to identify its plans to protect the urban canopy and natural vegetation. “To accomplish this, we are conducting a public consultation so that we can hear from residents and stakeholders to help us develop a holistic approach to canopy conservation and enhancement,” Papadacos states.
The city is also using the online Connect Peterborough tool to offer a survey at connectPTBO.ca, where people can also register to receive project updates.
City staff will also meet with local organizations and treecare specialists.
The consultation concludes Dec. 4.
Most of the city’s urban forest is located on private property.