May 07, 2018
Draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw
The updated Oxford County Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is nearing completion
Oxford County initiated a review of its current Woodlands Conservation Bylaw in September 2016 with a view to updating and improving the current bylaw (which was approved by Council in 2004) and reviewing the County’s customer service practices and overall administration of the bylaw
The County has undertaken an extensive consultation program with the public, stakeholders and local municipalities within the County, using the information gathered through five (5) public information sessions, meetings and presentations to interested groups, and significant input through the County’s social media feeds (Facebook & Speak Up, Oxford!) to create a better Woodlands Conservation Bylaw and to improve the administration and customer service activities associated with the implementation of the bylaw.
The new Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is nearing completion and a final draft will be presented to Council for consideration on May 23. Council will consider the input received from all of the public consultation activities over the past 18 months, as well as any presentations at the above-noted public meeting and will consider the Bylaw for approval at Council’s regular meeting of June 13, 2018.
Why is the bylaw important?
The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is recognized as an important tool with respect to retaining and enhancing woodlands in Oxford.The Bylaw identifies woodlands and sets out definitions for the purpose of protecting trees.It also identifies tree species to be protected; sets out the requirements for obtaining permits to harvest trees; and outlines the provisions regarding enforcement and penalties.
The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is important because it helps Oxford County to:
Sustain the community’s environmental and natural heritage resources
Conserve and improve woodlands through good forestry practices
Protect, promote and enhance the value of woodlands for social, economic and environmental value
Enhance biodiversity and forest resilience that will assist the community in adapting to climate change and other environmental threats to forest health
We want you to speak up!
Three public meetings were held in 2016 plus two more in 2017 in order to receive feedback on the draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw.
Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback directly to County Council prior to their final consideration:
Wednesday, May 23
Council Chambers | Oxford County Administration Building
21 Reeve Street, Woodstock
Public input has been and will continute to be a key element in updating the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw. Submit your feedback and ask questions through Speak Up, Oxford!
You are also welcome to contact the project lead:
Gordon Hough, Community Planning, Oxford County, 519.539.0015 ext. 3207 | 1.800.755.0394
A summary of the comments received so far is available for your information: