Consultation on the urban forest canopy

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Peterborough - The City’s urban forest plays a key role in supporting community health and well-being. Peterborough’s canopy currently covers ~29% of our city and we are committed to preserving and enhancing this community resource. With only 20% of the urban forest being situated on public lands, the City is embarking on a process to work with residents to understand how to best manage our urban forest in collaboration with private property owners.

“We understand that a successful urban forest canopy conservation by-law needs to balance preservation of canopy cover to achieve wider community benefits with the need to respect the rights and responsibilities of individual property owners,” says Michael Papadacos, Manager of the Infrastructure Management Division. The Municipal Act requires municipalities to identify the way we protect and improve the urban canopy and natural vegetation. “To accomplish this, we are conducting a public consultation so that we can hear from residents and stakeholders to help us develop a holistic approach to canopy conservation and enhancement,” Papadacos adds.

We are hoping the community will share their perspectives on how we approach managing this key asset. “The urban forest is an important piece of community infrastructure that is at risk from the effects of climate change and at the same time one of our best tools to mitigate those effects,” says Paul Hambidge, the City’s Urban Forestry Manager.

The consultation will include online engagement and a series of five open-house meetings.

Open-house meetings:

We will host five open-house meetings – one in each ward – to discuss the City’s urban forest canopy and what we can do to preserve it. The meetings are drop-in format and residents are welcome to participate when and where it is convenient.

All open-house meetings are from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • November 14 – Downtown – City Hall Lobby, 500 George St. North
  • November 19 – North End – Northminster United Church, 300 Sunset Blvd.
  • November 20 – West End – Westdale United Church,1509 Sherbrooke St.
  • November 26 – East City – Peterborough Lions Club Community Centre, 347 Burnham St.
  • November 27 – South End – Kinsmen Civic Centre, 1 Kinsmen Way

Online Engagement:

We are using our new online engagement space Connect Peterborough to understand the community perspectives on the urban canopy. All residents and stakeholders are encouraged to complete the online survey available at and register to receive project updates. Beginning November 14, we will post the information presented at the open-house meetings and invite public input.

In addition to the broader public consultation, we are conducting a series of targeted stakeholder interviews with local organizations and tree care specialists to inform our next steps in the development of an urban canopy conservation by-law.

The public consultation will wrap-up on December 4, 2019.

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For further information members of the media are welcome to contact the undersigned:

Michael Papadacos
Manager, Infrastructure Management
705-742-7777 ext. 1756

Paul Hambidge
Urban Forestry Manager
705-742-7777 ext. 1813