Tree Planting and Retention Policy

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To support the increase our Town’s tree canopy coverage to 20% we have developed a draft policy that sets out requirements for planting new trees when a development application is submitted.

The aim of the policy is to integrate the planting of trees as an element of new development and encourage land owners to think about the existing trees on their property when planning a development.

This policy is a response to the actions set within the Town's adopted Urban Forest Strategy.

Where can I view the draft policy?

The draft Local Planning Policy is available to view in the document library and at the Towns Administration building and the library.

What is happening now?

On the 18 February 2020, Council adopted the final modified version of the tree planting and retention policy. A copy of the policy can be found within the document libraryand the February OCM minutes and agenda. The policy will be operational from the 1 July 2020.

How can I find out more information?

  • Ask a question and we will respond
  • Read the FAQ's and the additional links

To support the increase our Town’s tree canopy coverage to 20% we have developed a draft policy that sets out requirements for planting new trees when a development application is submitted.

The aim of the policy is to integrate the planting of trees as an element of new development and encourage land owners to think about the existing trees on their property when planning a development.

This policy is a response to the actions set within the Town's adopted Urban Forest Strategy.

Where can I view the draft policy?

The draft Local Planning Policy is available to view in the document library and at the Towns Administration building and the library.

What is happening now?

On the 18 February 2020, Council adopted the final modified version of the tree planting and retention policy. A copy of the policy can be found within the document libraryand the February OCM minutes and agenda. The policy will be operational from the 1 July 2020.

How can I find out more information?

  • Ask a question and we will respond
  • Read the FAQ's and the additional links
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  • What type of trees are you considering?

    Jenny Asked 10 months ago

    The onus will be on the applicant to submit with a planning application, information indicating the species and location of all proposed new trees. The trees selected are to be a 'Large Tree' and/or 'Medium Tree' as defined in the policy.

    A tree matrix is to be developed by the Town identifying preferred tree species.

  • Great Initiative. Go the the WAPC web site to see comprehensive Urban Forest mapping data and associated publications. Your GIS officers can request the shape files. This is a free resource.

    Bryce Bunny Asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for the information Bryce. I'll forward over to our GIS Officer.