25 May 2017 Ward Meeting

Cllr Ridley was joined by multiple staff who were able to discuss the various environmental
programs available through the City of London.

Urban Forestry
Kat Hodgins

Water Engineering
Jeff Shaughnessy
Janet Rice-Gascon
Daniel Hsia

Environmental & Engineering Services
Greg Sandle

Urban Forestry
519-661-CITY (2489) ext.
Forestry Clerk/Dispatcher
519-661-CITY (2489) ext.

Currently canopy coverage is 23%. Council direction is to
increase coverage by 2065 to 34% coverage.
Tree Protection By-Law
• 50+ cm requires a permit for removal
• Particular areas are protected: ESA, Parks
• Enforcement is based on complaints received
• Emergency tree removal is exempt from the permit
process: health and safety is compromised, however
proof is required.
• If denied permit, there is an appeal process one can
Various Tree Planting Programs residents can get involved in,
• Tree Me
• Re-Forest London

Water Engineering

Growing Naturally Program
• Learn how to put the right plant in the right place
• Figure out the specific conditions in your yard (such as
sunlight and soil)
• Locate the perfect spot for your plants so they receive
the right amount of sun and shade
• Easily care for your lawn and garden for best results
• Reduce unnecessary watering, runoff and other
environmental impacts
Leak Allowance Program – Water Bill
• ONE-TIME assistance program should a severe
plumbing failure be experienced inside their home.
• Application must be submit within TWO MONTHS of
detecting the issue and completion of the repair

Environmental Programs

• Curbside Recycling
• Garbage Container Limit & Bag Tags
• Adopt a Park
• Composting at Home
o Composters can be purchased
from EnviroDepots throughout the city.
• Stormwater System

Staff can show you the route stormwater
travels in your neighbourhood, and how it may
affect your property.

Question & Answer

Q: What can the City do about a property that is not
maintained, or not kept to the same standard as those in the
A: Residents can report a property, or simply ask questions, to
staff at 519-661-4660 or at enforcement@london.ca.
However, Property Standards primarily addresses concerns
that involve:
• Abandon buildings,
• Dangerous/Dead/Unsafe Trees,
• Safety/Structural problems with buildings,
• Pests such as cockroaches (for Bed Bugs, please
contact the London Middlesex Health Unit),
• Vital Services (lack of heat/hydro/water), and,
• Interior/exterior property maintenance.
Q: Are there specific types of trees that are planted on city
lands, or ones that are specifically avoided?
A: There are considerations taken before mass planting
occurs, such as
• Pollens,
• Native/non-native trees,
• Pests or other diseases,
• Growing habits of tree limbs (consideration of hydro
lines overhead),
• Road allowance space allotment,
• Sidewalks,
• Fire hydrants or other emergency services,
• Age of trees, and
• Variety of trees, for esthetic purposes.
Historically the City has planted one tree species along an
entire street, all of the same age. This became problematic
for a number of reasons (tree mortality rate, disease, etc.),
which has resulted in adjustments to the manner in which
trees are planted.
Q: Regarding the recent announcement of sewer
infrastructure investments from both the Provincial and
Federal governments, how will this affect London?
A: This will allow the City to
• Increase the capacity of sewer systems by
disconnecting the storm sewer systems that are tied
into sanitary sewer systems, which will aid with the
prevention of basement flooding and address the
overflow discharges into the Thames River;
• Upgrade the main process air blowers at the Greenway
and Pottersberg treatment plants
• Address sewage discharge into the Thames River
Q: Why is there such a push to have high-rise buildings
constructed in the downtown core?
A: As part of the London Plan Council has directed staff to
encourage infill and intensification, as seen in the “Our City”

section of the Plan (page 37). This will aid with the sprawl
that has been seen, especially in the north east and north west
corners of the city. By reducing sprawl, we are reducing the
additional services that required in these areas, and
subsequently are not required to increase property tax to
accommodate these additional services (from infrastructure,
to equipment, to staff resources).
Q: What is happening with Rapid Transit? There are
conflicting stories in the media.
A: Council approved the BRT system, using Richmond as the
main N/S route, without the tunnel.
Q: With talks of RT and the High Speed Rail, is there real
progress being made to see these ideas turn to reality?
A: Cllr Ridley indicates that London is actively seeking support
from both Provincial and Federal levels of government, and
are encouraging continued discussions to see this idea turn to

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