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Kudos for Cities That Get It: Ottawa and Condo Footprints

It’s always nice to drop kudos here and there (in between most of my posts which focus on the negative). In this case, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada has updated a tree-protection bylaw that was only two years old.

The by-law itself, in purpose and thought, rocks. Trees would need municipal approval before cutting: 10 centimeters or greater diameter on hectare and larger size land parcels; and 50 centimeter or greater diameter for any property. This should ensure those old and gorgeous trees remain rooted, and allow for younger trees the opportunity to grow into fantastic groves.

Condominiums are unlike either individual houses (protecting those gorgeous granddaddy trees – 50 cm. and greater diameter) or undeveloped green space (1 hectare or larger plots). Condos are kind of both – a group of individual residents on a large shared property.

Given that, Ottawa has updated the by-law to place condominiums under the 50 cm. and greater diameter part of the by-law, and made them not subject to the 1 hectare or larger plots section. It’s a nice, simple, and easily rolled out change to a rule that overlooked the large footprint of condominiums.

Kudos Ottawa for a small, but important law change that recognizes the nature of condominiums and removes inappropriate regulation.