Oakville’s Planning and Development Council approved the innovative North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, ensuring a sustainable and healthy urban forest for the lands located north of Dundas Street. The plan, which impacts overall planning for residential, commercial and industrial lands, recommends a multi-faceted strategy that connects urban forestry best practices to existing environmental features in Oakville’s Natural Heritage System. Review the approved plan (pdf).
Under the plan, trees are identified as green infrastructure and their location and suitability will now be addressed at the onset of the planning process. Development applications will be required to provide detailed locations and soil volume of all trees in composite utility plans, ensuring the placement of trees will receive equal consideration as the location for the placement of other services, such as water or gas utilities.
The plan calls for the establishment of partnerships with community and environmental groups along with other public agencies, government and the private sector to encourage participation in this planning and preservation initiative.
Implementation will occur through amendments to the zoning by-law. In addition, changes to the site plan and subdivision requirements will be reflected in updated conditions of approval.
Planning and Development Council – May 22, 2012
North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan – September 14, 2012 (pdf)
Background information (pdf)
Planning and Development Council – November 14, 2011 (pdf)