Sous toutes réserves – Without prejudice

Vu les forts impacts prévus sur les frênes par l’agrile du frêne, la Ville a mis en place un règlement pour mieux encadrer la gestions des frênes sur les terrains privés.

Ce règlement sera appliqué par les arrondissements.

Ce règlement vise à protéger l’environnement et la forêt urbaine et vise à ralentir les effets de l’agrile du frêne.

L’APRPR solicite les commentaires des résidents concerant des aspects concernant la gestion des frênes et aussi sur la gestion des arbres en général.

L’APRPR tente d’identifer s’il y a eu ou s’il y aura une consultation publique concernant ce nouveau règlement pour la gestion des frênes.

Merci de nous faire part de vos commentaires en faisant parvenir vos commentaires via la section commentaires ci dessous.

Aussi:

Voir http://cmm.qc.ca/grands-dossiers/agrile-frene/A noter aussi:

La Ville de Québec a un règlement semblable pour protéger les ormes de la maladie hollandaise de l’orme puisqu’il s’agit d’un arbre emblème. http://reglements.ville.quebec.qc.ca/fr/showdoc/cr/R.A.V.Q.238

Pointe Claire et Beaconsfield ont aussi déjà adopté ce type de règlement.

In light of the great impacts expected by the emerald ash borer insect on our ash trees, the City has put in place a bylaw to clarify and guide the management of ash trees on private property – In French only.

This bylaw would then be applied by the borough.

APRPR is soliciting feedback from the residents particularly on the management of the ash tree issues but also on tree management issues in general.

APRPR is also trying to determine if a public consultation has already been held or is planning to be held in regards to this new bylaw.

Please send comments or concerns regarding the management of trees and we can add them to this page here. Simply use the comment section at the bottom of this page.

Note also

See also: http://cmm.qc.ca/grands-dossiers/agrile-frene/
La Ville de Québec a un règlement semblable pour protéger les ormes de la maladie hollandaise de l’orme puisqu’il s’agit d’un arbre emblème. http://reglements.ville.quebec.qc.ca/fr/showdoc/cr/R.A.V.Q.238

Pointe Claire and Beaconsfield have already adopted bylaws of this type.

Quel est le nombre approprié d’arbre pour un terrain?

– La ville pourrait définir ce que pourrait être considéré comme un nombre approprié d’arbres pour divers types de lots

– Lot commercial
– Lot résidentiel
– Parc publique
– etc.

Define what is the appropriate number of tree for types of properties

– The city/borough could define what might be considered an appropriate number or range of numbers of trees for various types of lots

– Commercial Lot
– Residential Lot
– Public Park

Arboriste de la Ville/Arrondissement versus arboriste tierce-partie

– La ville pourrait clarifier quelle évaluation est considérée finale entre une évaluation fait par l’arboriste de la Ville ou une évaluation faite par un arboriste certifié engagé par le propriétaire du terrain. Cela permettrait d’éviter des conflits possibles

City/borough arborist versus a third-party arborist

– The city and borough should clarify what tree assessment is considered final if there is a choice between a tree assessment done by the City/borough arborist and a tree assessment done by a valid third-party arborist hired by the property owner. This would help avoid possible conflicts

Assurer une coordination avec le propriétaire pour la sélection des arbres à préserver

– Si un terrain a beaucoup d’arbres sur le terrain, la Ville devrait consulter avec le propriétaire du terrain afin de coordonner quels arbres sont souhaitables à préserver. La Ville pourrait avoir une opinion la dessus mais souvent les propriétaires connaissent mieux le terrain et il pourrait y avoir de bonnes raisons pratiques connus du propriétaire pour préserver certains arbres plutot que d’autres.

Coordinate with the property owner for the selection of trees to be preserved

– If a private lot many or too many trees on it, the borough should carefully consult and coordinate with the property owner when it comes to the selection of trees that are to be preserved. The City could have an opinion on which trees it wants preserved but often the property owners are likely more familiar with the lot and might have their own good and practical reasons for selecting some trees over others to preserve.

Appliquer les règlements de manière équitable pour tous – pas d’intervention politique

Il semble que des conseillers auraient autorisés, ou auraient intervenus afin de permettre la coupe d’arbres sur terrains privés dans le passé.

Assurer que l’intervention politique dans ce dossier n’est pas permise et que tous les résidents recoivent un traitement egal selon les règlements en vigueur

Apply the rules fairly for all – no political intervention

It seems that in the past, councilors have allowed or have intervened in some cases to allow the cutting of trees on private property.

Ensure that political intervention regarding tree management is not permitted or tolerated that all residents receive an equal treatment regarding the application of tree bylaws

Exiger que les compagnies comme Hydro Québec et Bell Canada et autres qui font la gestion de certains arbres sur le territoire de l’arrondissement respecte pleinement les reglements en vigueur concernant la gestion des arbres

Demander a ces compagnies de mettre en place des politiques concernant la gestion durable des arbres et que la gestion des arbres faite par ces compagnies soient absolument coordonnée avec la Ville et l’arrondissement

Require that companies like Hydro Québec and Bell Canada and other such companies that do manage some trees on the borough territory, that these companies comply fully with the tree regulations regarding management of trees

Ask that these companies implement policies for the sustainable management of their trees and that the actions taken by these companies be absolutely coordinated with the City and Borough

A considérer

Comment la ville/arrondissement peut indemniser les propriétaires d’arbres si les arbres aident la ville / arrondissement concernant certaines préoccupations urbaines?

– Les arbres contribuent à assainir l’air, à retenir les eaux souterraines, à fournir de l’ombre, à aider à atténuer l’effet d’îlot de chaleur, fournissent un habitat pour les oiseaux urbains, animaux et insectes, offrent des avantages psychologiques aux résidents, ainsi que de nombreux autres avantages souhaités par la ville et l’arrondissement

– Comment la Ville et l’arrondissement pourraient-ils compenser les propriétaires avec des arbres sur leur terrain afin d’engager véritablement les propriétaires à garder leurs arbres et en reconnaissance que la ville et l’arrondissement apprécient les arbres gérés par les propriétaires sur des terrains privés

For consideration

How can city/borough compensate property owners with trees if trees are helping the city/borough in some areas of concern?

– Trees help clean the air, retain groundwater, provide shade, help mitigate the heat island effect, provide habitat for urban birds, animals and insects, provide psychological benefits to residents, plus many other benefits desired by the city and borough

– How can the City and borough compensate the property owners with trees in order to truly engage property owners in keeping their trees and acknowledge that the city and borough appreciate the trees managed by property owners on private lots

Who decides if there is disaggreement between resident and the borough? what form of arbitration is available?
Under construction

Guidelines for Trees

1.Trees should be limited (& cut) to 60’ or 80’ within populated areas. The problem arises when there are ice storms, wind storms, or other weather conditions which knock trees down.

2.The health of the tree must be considered when deciding to cut one down. When rot or other diseases set in, the tree is no longer strong enough to weather the storms of nature, and the tree presents a danger to nearby houses, cars, power cables, hydro posts, etc.

3.Trees and bushes must be trimmed when they grow near sidewalks or the side of a road or pathway. Branches may obstruct humans and vehicles from passing easily, and interfere with snow removal operations.

4.Trees must be planted a certain distance away from power lines, and the distance must be in proportion to the voltage, ie. greater distance when the voltage is higher. Electricity has an effect on its surroundings, so the closer the tree comes, the more danger.

5.Dead trees must be cut down within a few years, since they become weaker with time.

6.When cutting branches from a tree, don’t leave a stump behind. The longer the stump, the longer it takes for bark to grow over the stump, and the more likely disease will attack the tree.

Under construction

Resident feedback regarding working with the borough to obtain a permit and cut trees on private property

It would help to make the process much shorter and more efficient

It took many months between the initial request and the obtaining of permit

When it takes too long it is critical to have information well documented

Also the length of time resulted in us having to navigate through the process with different borough representatives

Different people handling the request

It would be more efficient to be able to navigate through the whole process with the same contact person – for continuity

Obtaining a more formal report after each site visit

– Feedback from site visits was made verbally, not much or any documentation some by email

– have a formal response provided to homeowner after each site visit including all details

include a picture of the tree(s) in the report

– trees that are subject of discussion should be documented in the form of photographs

– this will help support the diagnosis put forward by various borough representatives along the way

– Take an updated photo at each site visit

Need to have a more objective way to evaluate trees

– trees appear to be evaluated subjectively – different diagnosis with different people inspecting

– need a way to more objectively evaluate and document the diagnosis

Ensure all go through the proper permit process

– there should not be political interference w.r.t. decisions on tree management.

The city and borough should only visit the site when the homeowner is present on site

The borough visited the property when residents were not present and posted yellow ribbons trees marked for cutting

It would have been better for the borough to coordinate with the homeowner – as the homeowner could have offered information and may have had questions

It is not only the posting of ribbons that is important but also understanding the information that is posted on the ribbon

The homeowner presented a site plan but it appeared the borough never gave feedback back to the resident in the form of a plan, based on the site plan

The marking of trees on the day of cutting – created confusion between the tree cutter and homeowner – this confusion could have been avoided if the borough had provided clearer instructions about the tree markings and ensure that this had been explained to the homeowner

Clarify the criteria of what is considered 1 tree when one has one trunk with two main stems growing out of it

– the tree cutter did not want to cut two trunks – but only one – even though it was clear these two trunks were growing out of the same basic trunk

– we had understood from the borough we could cut these double trunks

– this lack of clarity caused confusion with the contractor on the day of the cutting

the homeowner had found a great price to cut many trees on his property while still leaving more than enough trees on the property. the borough’s decision limited the actions the resident could take and in the end, will force the resident to likely have to pay much more than if the resident’s trees had been managed as a whole rather than the borough treating each tree individually. this has an impact on residents who in the end are left having to manage as a result of the borough’s decisions. We need to be able to see the forest from the trees.

The homeowner can have a feeling of powerlessness when faced with a borough bureaucracy that is lengthy, difficult to follow, not documented and depends on various people. There should be a more efficient and clearer way to reassure the resident and to take the real concerns of the resident into consideration.

Some trees identified to be kept by the borough were identified by the resident as trees posing a risk to the house or to the neighbour. The borough should be sensitive to these risks and be open to reassure the homeowner. In our case we had 70+ trees on our small property yet the borough chose to keep some trees that maintained a risk as perceived by the homeowner. While the borough may easily say this is not a risk, it is still left to the homeowner to manage the property and deal with the risk – no matter what the borough decides – so it would be important to take seriously all risks as identified by the homeowner. This may also have an impact on how the owner’s home insurance perceives the risk