Spring is coming and soon the trees will be green again and we will be enjoying the outdoors. It is timely now, to talk about trees in Burlington and the City’s review of a private tree by-law.
Some background: Last spring and summer I heard from many residents concerned about the loss of trees and cutting of mature trees in their neighbourhoods. More recently, the potential loss of trees as part of a development proposal in the downtown area has become a concern for many local residents.
Unfortunately, trees are often lost as the result of development and construction. It is interesting to consider if discussions about development would be framed differently if Burlington had a private tree by-law in effect. As a maturing city, continuing to grow within our urban limits, we can expect this issue to come before us again.
2. In the spirit of openness and transparency, I have brought forward a memo listing the Activities Involving the Office of the Mayor during my current term of office. Following some questions from other members of Council regarding these activities, I am providing information regarding my level of participation, the funds raised and their intended purpose.
Last month I began linking both the upcoming committee agendas and the City Committee Highlights to my monthly progress report to facilitate quick access for you to view the issues being addressed and the resulting decisions by Council. I have received good feedback on this and will continue to make this one of the first pieces in my reports.
December has been another busy month as we completed our final city Council Meeting for 2012 on December 10, and our final Regional Council meeting on December 12. The last cycle of Committee Meetings for the City addressed many items.
One of the challenges residents have is sorting through the reports generated for Committee and Council to understand what the issues being addressed by Council are and the results of Committee and Council deliberation.
A pilot was started in October to report in a better way the activities of Council. This can be found in the Agenda and Minutes web page on the City Web site. This is an excellent way for residents to view the issues being addressed and the resulting decisions.