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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is preparing to respond to two City of Sarnia proposals, a proposed Tree By-law and the Transit Levy, although businesses still have time to give input themselves.

The responses come after an invitation from the City to weigh-in and will highlight the concerns raised by businesses during discussions with the Chamber and via the email speakup@slchamber.ca. The Chamber’s comments are likely to be made public within the coming week, although opportunities remain for businesses to add their voice to the Chamber’s response document.

Members can find out more about both issues by reading the Your Guide to Sarnia’s Tree By-Law and Your Guide to Sarnia’s Transit Levy By-Law. Comments can be sent directly to the City via these email addresses: trees@sarnia.ca and transittax@sarnia.ca

The Chamber continues to review proposed legislation and regulations at every level of government, including the municipalities in Sarnia and Lambton County, as well as at the provincial and federal levels of government.

Through its membership in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the local Chamber has further opportunities available to incorporate ideas and data on how businesses around the province and the country are impacted by proposed legislation.

“It’s these important linkages that further add value to our local members,” said Shirley de Silva, CEO and president of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce. “While there are certainly local issues that are key to us, through our growing relationships with the OCC and the CCC, we become even stronger.”



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Sarnia City Council decided on June 19, 2017 to extend consultations over the summer on two important issues: a proposal to impose the transit levy on properties that don’t have access to conventional bus services, and a proposed bylaw that would regulate trees located on private properties.

Residents wanting to comment on the transit levy now have until August 4 to complete the survey: http://clerks.smartsarnia.com/transit-service-property-taxation/. Comments can also be shared by emailing transittax@sarnia.ca or calling 519-332-0330. A staff report and final recommendations will be presented to Council on September 11.

Residents wanting to comment on the tree bylaw now have until October 1 to complete the survey: http://planning.smartsarnia.com/tree-by-law-questionnaire/ . Comments can be emailed to trees@sarnia.ca. Council will review the draft bylaw at their meeting on October 23.

If you would like to share your questions or concerns with the Chamber, contact us at speakup@slchamber.ca or 519-336-2400.

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City seeking views on outdoor beer garden proposal

The City of Sarnia is seeking input on a proposal for the development of an “urban plaza”, which could involve an outdoor beer garden operating out of modified shipping containers in downtown Sarnia. The location being considered is in the parking lot at George and Front streets, which could require moving the lot to another location. 

The idea was inspired by a similar project in Midland, Michigan.

For more details about the proposal, links to staff reports and consultation opportunities visit smartsarnia.com.

Chamber members are encouraged to comment now by completing this survey.

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Note: The consultation period has been extended until October 1, 2017. 

Chamber members are invited to weigh-in on a proposed City of Sarnia bylaw that would protect healthy trees on private properties that are not regulated by the County of Lambton Woodlands Conservation By-law No. 4 of 2012.

If you would like to learn more about the proposed bylaw, how it might impact you and give your feedback to the City, attend a focus group session on Monday, June 26 at 5:00 p.m at Tourism Sarnia Lambton’s office, 1455 Venetian Boulevard, Pt Edward. Please click to RSVP.

Other options to weigh-in include:

  • Attending a public consultation session on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sarnia City Hall.
  • Emailing comments to speakup@slchamber.ca or  trees@sarnia.ca
  • Visiting the Smart Sarnia community engagement web site for more information and to complete a questionnaire http://planning.smartsarnia.com

The full details on the tree by-law can be found HERE.


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The City of Sarnia is inviting the public to weigh in on future plans regarding the transit service levy. The proposal is to have all Sarnia property owners, including those located more than 450 metres from a bus route, pay the transit levy and share in the costs.  Read more about the potential costs/savings and see if you are already paying the levy, by location, here.

Businesses are encouraged to give their feedback by completing a survey (before June 22 the deadline has been extended to August 4), emailing transittax@sarnia.ca or attending a public consultation meeting on June 19.

To participate in the public consultation session, scheduled for Monday, June 19, immediately before City Council’s regular meeting, contact the Clerk’s office prior to noon on June 14, 2017, although there is no requirement for registering prior to a public meeting.

A paper copy of the survey is available at City Hall.

Businesses and property owners are encouraged to get involved by participating in the survey or sending their comments to the City.

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