City wants pub­lic in­put on privately owned trees

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF

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.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER FILE PHOTO

Most of the city’s ur­ban for­est is lo­cated on pri­vate prop­erty.

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