Private Tree Protection By-law

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Help us find the right balance to protect and enhance Guelph's tree canopy while we continue to grow and develop across the city.

Guelph values its tree canopy cover and the numerous contributions trees make to the health of our community. A private tree protection bylaw is one of the tools the City uses to protect and enhance tree canopy cover, and to help build a sustainable city.

Increasing pressures on Guelph’s tree canopy cover related to urban intensification and climate change, as well as updates to related policies and regulations, have made reviewing and updating the current Private Tree Protection By-law a priority.

In late 2022, the City retained a multi-disciplinary consulting team to lead the research, engagement and analysis for Guelph’s Private Tree Protection By-law update. We’re seeking your input!

Engagement summary from phase one.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and conversations throughout phase one. We've analyzed the information and summarized all of what we heard throughout the spring of 2023 to share in our what-we-heard summary report.

Interested in learning more about this update?

What's Next

In March, staff presented an Issues and Opportunities" report to the Committee of the Whole for approval that informs our next phase of engagement.

We'll be back asking the community for your thoughts as we work to develop the bylaw update this summer.

For more information, please contact:

Timea Filer, Urban Forestry Field Technologist
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3352
timea.filer@guelph.ca

Help us find the right balance to protect and enhance Guelph's tree canopy while we continue to grow and develop across the city.

Guelph values its tree canopy cover and the numerous contributions trees make to the health of our community. A private tree protection bylaw is one of the tools the City uses to protect and enhance tree canopy cover, and to help build a sustainable city.

Increasing pressures on Guelph’s tree canopy cover related to urban intensification and climate change, as well as updates to related policies and regulations, have made reviewing and updating the current Private Tree Protection By-law a priority.

In late 2022, the City retained a multi-disciplinary consulting team to lead the research, engagement and analysis for Guelph’s Private Tree Protection By-law update. We’re seeking your input!

Engagement summary from phase one.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and conversations throughout phase one. We've analyzed the information and summarized all of what we heard throughout the spring of 2023 to share in our what-we-heard summary report.

Interested in learning more about this update?

What's Next

In March, staff presented an Issues and Opportunities" report to the Committee of the Whole for approval that informs our next phase of engagement.

We'll be back asking the community for your thoughts as we work to develop the bylaw update this summer.

For more information, please contact:

Timea Filer, Urban Forestry Field Technologist
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3352
timea.filer@guelph.ca

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Guelph’s Private Tree Protection By-law is being updated and we need your input!

    The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. It is open from March 6 to April 14, 2023. 

    About this survey and the update

    Through this survey, we want to know:

    • If you’ve heard about the private tree protection bylaw before
    • What you think about the current private tree protection bylaw 
    • How you think the private tree protection bylaw can be improved

    The information gathered during various community engagement activities this spring, along with the findings of research and analysis, will be used to help the City identify feasible options for updating the bylaw.

    More information 

    Note: This additional information is not required reading to complete the survey.


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