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over 2 years ago

We are very excited to see so many residents show interest in this topic!  As a result, we've opened this new engagement forum to allow interested parties an opportunity to communicate with each other on the matter (similar to a social media platform).  Here you will be able to post a comment and respond to someone else’s. Should you have any type of technical difficulty, please call Tara Druzina at 905-468-6468 or email tdruzina@notl.org.


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  • Sandra about 2 years ago
    A big thank you for approving the development of a draft urban tree by-law for Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is a big step towards managing and protecting our natural heritage. Unfortunately the cities referred to by the Town lawyer for a by-law model, apply only to a portion of the private lands – a limited scope. Through the LURA Consultant’s report, the petition, and letters from 5 NOTL associations, the citizens were quite clear that they wanted the urban tree by-law to apply to all private lands. Specifically the problems with the recommended by-laws are, Guelph - the tree bylaw applies only to lots > 1/2 acreLondon - the tree bylaw applies to designated Tree Protection Areas, which are very restricted, and most private residential lots are not included.Ottawa - the tree bylaw applies to lots > 2.47 acres At a previous meeting with Town staff, the Oakville tree bylaw was recommended by staff as an appropriate model, which is a better model for NOTL.
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  • costcoemployee about 2 years ago
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  • Betty and Jamie Knight about 2 years ago
  • martfortrees about 2 years ago
    i THOUGHT I READ SOMEWHERE THAT WE HAD TILL APRIL 27TH. TO DO THE SURVEY. MOST UPSET. MARTFORTREES
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    • Admin Commented ttdruzina about 2 years ago
      Thank you MARTFORTREES for your inquiry. When the survey was launched on this site, we noted a closing date of April 19, 2018. I apologize for the confusion. Please let me know if you would like me to email you a copy of the survey. You can complete it manually and return it to our offices. I will make sure it gets to the consultant for inclusion in their results. I can be reached at 905-468-6468 or via email tdruzina@notl.org.
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  • NOTL Runner about 2 years ago
    Now that the survey is closed, when will the results be made available and where can we view the results?
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    • Admin Commented ttdruzina about 2 years ago
      Thank you NOTL Runner for your question. It is anticipated that the consultant (Lura) will be delivering their findings to Council in June. Their report will be available on our web-site, within the Committee of the Whole Agenda Package, on May 24th for the June 4th meeting. The report will also be posted on this site after June 4th. For your reference, the following is the link to the Committee of the Whole page - https://cotw.notl.org/sites/notl/NOTLCOTW.nsf/webCOTWFiles?ReadForm
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  • Leslie from Chautauqua over 2 years ago
    The identity of any place is the result of its history. The layers of our history are written in the current landscape. This area is unquestionably beloved by its residents. Few towns have the impressive mature tree canopy we are privileged to enjoy in Niagara on the Lake. Our heritage urban forest if one of the major reasons we won the International Communities in Bloom competition. Given this recognized, valued, rare treasure it is shocking there are no protective measures in place. The glorious embrace of our tree canopy is our shared heritage and deserves our shared protection. An Urban Tree Protection Bylaw is essential!Please Note: There is another chain of comments in progress under the News Feed button. Please visit and post there too.
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    • kinhaven about 2 years ago
      I agree entirely. Niagara on the Lake has evolved gradually over time into the beautiful place it is; one that attracts people to come visit or live, to appreciate its rare beauty and ambiance. It isn't the history, the architecture, the flowers, the gardens, the trees the surrounding agriculture, its ALL of it as a whole. It has grown and matured along with its surrounding nature into the "world's prettiest town"; however it's very essence, the reason its special, is being decimated by the wanton destruction of the trees and the rampant architecturally unsympathetic development. Beautiful NOTL has been "discovered", and now it seems it is being destroyed. Further the current council seems to be aiding and abetting that destruction, and if not, it certainly doesn't seem to know enough to do what's necessary to put proper protection in place.
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  • Bob&Irene about 2 years ago
    Kudos to the Vintage Inns and the Pillar and Post site clearing of the old boatworks; as a good corporate citizen they didn't clear cut the mature trees on King Street between John and Anne Street and they deserve to be lauded for their restraint!
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  • Bob&Irene over 2 years ago
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  • Bob&Irene over 2 years ago
    Well, I just looked at the news feed in it's entirety and our first post was 3 months ago and since that time there has been a lot of trees cut in NOTL and finally we will have a Public Information Meeting on Thursday to discuss what should have happened 3 months ago.... Can we not at least pass an interim by-law preventing the wanton decimation of our tree canopy whilst a permanent policy is being developed???Bob & Irene
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  • mclamon over 2 years ago
    For a town that constantly prides itself on being "the prettiest town" it sure won't be for long if the constantly diminishing green space continues. The destruction of trees (+ habitats for animals) on private/public properties to make way for larger driveways on rental properties or for whatever other reasons needs to be reigned in. Trees provide aesthetic, environmental and health benefits to all. Niagara on the Lake needs to start protecting them.
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  • eskronski over 2 years ago
    I just came back from three weeks away and drove by the house on Simcoe and Williams. I had been told while away that trees had been cut down but seeing the rampage of cut down trees made me both mad and sad. How can a town that describes itself as the prettiest town in Canada allow this to happen? How can our councillors, staff and mayor allow this to happen without doing anything? After so many attempts at a tree by-law, how come we still don't have one? Many other municipalities do. It is shameful.
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  • Dawn Thompson over 2 years ago
    I find the ‘wholesale’ tree cutting on both private and town property appalling, both from an aesthetic viewpoint and an economical one.Economically, shade trees overhanging a dwelling can considerably reduce summer cooling costs.Aesthetically, there is nothing more pleasing in seeing a neighbourhood tree-lined street.
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    • Kate over 2 years ago
      I absolutely agree! I think the fear of a tree falling on your roof or car is a bit aggagerated and far offset by the benefits you have mentioned.
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  • Joy Rogers over 2 years ago
    I strongly want the Town to have a tree By-law that includes land with and without one or more houses on it.
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