Some good advice for land-owners that wish to cut or trim any tree on a slope in
Port Stanley would be to contact the County of Elgin Tree Commissioner.
On November 27, 2018, Elgin County Council enacted By-Law 18-39, amending the Elgin
County Woodlands Conservation By-Law 05-03 that will create a secondary Slope Permit
process for specified slopes in the Municipality of Central Elgin.
The most critical revision incorporated within the amending By-Law 18-39 is the
need for reports from an Arborist and Geotechnical Engineer to support a Slope Permit
Application which will now be up to the discretion of the Tree Commissioner.
Under the revised process, a landowner must consult with the Tree Commissioner prior
to any submission of a Slope Permit Application, after which the Tree Commissioner
will decide and notify the landowner if either or both such reports are required
before any Slope Permit Application can be considered. If neither report is required,
then the Application for a Slope Permit can be received, processed and decided upon.
It is also noted that a decision was made to include a further amendment by incorporation
of a definition for "injure" or "Injury" by which pruning of a healthy tree in accordance
with Good Forestry Practice will not be prohibited.
The Elgin County Woodlands Conservation By-law is intended, "to restrict
and regulate the destruction of trees by cutting, burning, bulldozing, application
of chemicals or other means." The Elgin County Tree Commissioner is an appointed
official of the County of Elgin. It is the Tree Commissioner's responsibility to
ensure that the cutting of trees in Elgin County is consistent with the goals set
out in the Elgin County Woodlands Conservation By-law.
Forest and Soils Conservation Supervisor
County of Elgin Tree Commissioner & Weed Inspector
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext. 231
Elgin County Tree Commissioner