July 27, 2017 – The local business community says the City is barking up the wrong tree on one proposed by-law and creating a uncompetitive disadvantage to farmers and businesses with another.
Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s president and CEO, said the proposed Tree By-law is flawed in many respects. In particular, the Chamber is concerned with private property rights, increasing costs and added red tape. “This is a potentially costly measure that needs to be rethought,” said de Silva. “There are just too many problems and circumstances that haven’t been factored into the drafting and those need to be corrected.”
The second by-law with which the Chamber objects is one that would require property owners in areas without bus service to pay a transit levy. It would add extra costs for businesses and farmers who will not have access to transit service. “We think there should be a thorough cost analysis of how cost savings would actually measure up against the actual burden that residents and business owners will face under this by-law,” said de Silva.