Guelph, Ont., July 14, 2017 – The City will issue a tree permit allowing the property owner of 35-40 Silvercreek Parkway South, also known as the LaFarge lands, to begin tree removal in July.
The tree permit, to be issued in accordance with Guelph’s Tree Bylaw, allows for the removal of 1,950 trees. Those trees along the Howitt Creek stream corridor and the railway lines will remain untouched and the large bur oak on the site will be protected.
“We are working with the property owner to ensure compensation is provided for the removed trees,” explains April Nix, environmental planner with the City of Guelph. “Throughout the process, we will continue to ensure the property owner complies with Guelph’s tree bylaw, while providing protection of natural heritage features including Howitt Creek.”
More than 3,400 future trees and shrubs will be planted on site as it is developed, and compensation will also be provided to plant trees in other areas of Guelph.
The property owner will remove the trees this summer to get the site ready for future development. No specific development proposal or site plan application has been submitted to the City. The site is zoned to permit a mix of commercial, high density residential and employment lands.
This site is private property and residents are reminded not to enter and for safety reasons, access to Silvercreek Parkway South—between approximately Paisley Road and Eden Street—will be closed indefinitely.
About Guelph’s Tree Bylaw
Guelph’s Tree Bylaw prohibits damage or destruction of any tree measuring at least 10 centimetres in diameter at 1.4 metres above the ground on lots larger than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres) without permission from the City. Dead or dying trees, trees posing danger to life or property, or trees impacted by unforeseen causes or natural events are exempt from the bylaw. Please refer to the Tree Bylaw for details.
For more information
April Nix, Environmental Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2718