Tag #TreeBylaw

What do you think of Sarnia’s proposed tree by-law? Not sure what’s happening and want to know more? The Chamber will host an information and consultation session on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 556 Christina St. N.   If you would like to attend, let us know.

Members are encouraged to attend and learn more about how the proposed tree by-law would impact property owners and our natural environment. Attendees will also have the chance to share their opinion directly with city staff who have been tasked by council to draft this by-law.

For more information on this, check out these resources:

The current draft of the by-law to regulate trees on private property

Your Guide to Sarnia’s Tree By-law

Chamber’s opinion of the tree by-law

City of Sarnia’s public consultation website www.smartsarnia.com

Don’t forget, members can always contact the Chamber with their concerns about this or other issues by emailing speakup@slchamber.ca.

 

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Media release

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.

The letters from the Chamber are available online—HERE for the Tree By-law and HERE for the Transit Levy By-law.

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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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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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