Trees win in urban growth battle
Developers opposed additional tree protections
By PATRICK MALONEY, THE LONDON FREE PRESS
Last Updated: 27th November 2009, 7:20am
A legal challenge by several London developers relating to city hall’s protection of trees was struck down, ending the latest round of the fight over forests in the Forest City. The decision yesterday by a divisional court to dismiss the appeal of an Ontario Municipal Board ruling is a major win for those who cherish London’s tree cover. At the root of the case were changes city hall made to rules governing the protection of trees in 2006. The old rules required a city ecologist to give a woodland a high score in three categories in order to grant it protection. The new rules required just one high score. The changes were challenged by developers.