Private Tree By-law Public Engagement

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Tell us what you think about the City of Cambridge's Private Tree By-law!

The City passed a Private Tree By-law in 2018 that regulates the removal of any tree on private property that has a diameter of at least 20 centimeters.

The main purpose of the by-law is to help sustain our tree canopy by supporting the retention and replacement of trees permitted to be removed on private property. The By-law also helps raise awareness about the benefits and services tree provide, and provides opportunities to discuss tree protection and preservation with residents.

We are planning on reviewing the by-law in 2023 and want to hear from you as a first step.

Over the summer of 2022 we are engaging the community to (a) better understand your experience with the City’s Private Tree By-law and (b) gather ideas about how the by-law, and its processes, could be improved.

Feedback will be gathered through the survey below until August 8, 2022.

Interested in learning more?

  • Watch a pre-recorded presentation about the project and about the by-law. Click for presentation
  • Browse the FAQs on this page.
  • Revisit this page in the fall of 2022 to view a summary of "What We Heard" through the engagement process.

Tell us what you think about the City of Cambridge's Private Tree By-law!

The City passed a Private Tree By-law in 2018 that regulates the removal of any tree on private property that has a diameter of at least 20 centimeters.

The main purpose of the by-law is to help sustain our tree canopy by supporting the retention and replacement of trees permitted to be removed on private property. The By-law also helps raise awareness about the benefits and services tree provide, and provides opportunities to discuss tree protection and preservation with residents.

We are planning on reviewing the by-law in 2023 and want to hear from you as a first step.

Over the summer of 2022 we are engaging the community to (a) better understand your experience with the City’s Private Tree By-law and (b) gather ideas about how the by-law, and its processes, could be improved.

Feedback will be gathered through the survey below until August 8, 2022.

Interested in learning more?

  • Watch a pre-recorded presentation about the project and about the by-law. Click for presentation
  • Browse the FAQs on this page.
  • Revisit this page in the fall of 2022 to view a summary of "What We Heard" through the engagement process.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Take our survey! 

    The City is gathering ideas about:

    1. How well the current Private Tree By-law is understood 
    2. Experiences with the Private Tree By-law permitting process, and
    3. Perspectives on how the Private Tree By-law and / or its processes could be improved.

    This survey is the primary tool for gathering feedback from the community. 

    Take Survey
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Page last updated: 08 Aug 2022, 11:59 PM