May 08, 2018
Public meeting for Woodlands Conservation Bylaw
Public meeting will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the bylaw directly to County Council prior to final consideration
Oxford County has updated the draft version of the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw for County Council’s consideration. Resident and stakeholder input has been a key element in updating the bylaw with an extensive consultation process, including public meetings in November and December 2016 and again in November 2017.
The draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw will be received by County Council with an opportunity for community members to provide further input directly and will take place:
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
21 Reeve Street, Woodstock
Oxford County Administration Building, Council Chamber
The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by staff followed by a comment and question period.
The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is vital in sustaining Oxford County’s environmental and natural heritage resources. Additionally, the bylaw helps to conserve and improve woodlands through good forestry practices while protecting the social, economic and environmental value of woodlands. The bylaw also helps the County enhance biodiversity and forest resilience that will allow the community’s forests to adapt to climate change and other environmental threats.
The updated draft bylaw is available online, along with additional opportunities for public input at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup.
The first tree bylaw in Oxford County was enacted in 1946. The bylaw has undergone numerous amendments and updates over the years reflecting changes to legislation and regulations regarding tree conservation in Ontario. The current Woodlands Conservation Bylaw was adopted by County Council in 2004 and amended in 2006. The bylaw has served as an effective tool in supporting responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas.
Oxford County has undertaken extensive review and public consultation regarding the updated Woodlands Conservation Bylaw, including a comprehensive review of the County’s customer service practices. The proposed bylaw, improvements in customer service and enforcement activities are the result of the feedback obtained from five public meetings and the numerous comments received.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Jennifer Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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