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Man issued 163 tickets, one per tree removed on Salmon Arm property

Fines follow investigation by city bylaw enforcement
Neighbours were concerned about the removal of trees that took place below the 2700 block of 25th Street NE in Salmon Arm on June 4 and 5, 2023. City bylaw enforcement responded. (Photo contributed)

A ticket for every tree removed without a permit.

The tickets, 163 of them, were received by Jim Weed from city bylaw enforcement for trees removed without a permit at a Salmon Arm property in June.

Weed’s is one of two names behind a rezoning application for the approximately six-acre property at 2391 26th Ave. NE. The application is to rezone the property from R1 single family residential to R8, permitting residential suites.

The application was discussed at the city’s Oct. 16 development and planning services committee.

Senior planner Chris Larson said the property has long been envisioned for residential development, and that a subdivision application had been submitted that would split the lot into 13 parcels.

An included staff report noted a portion of the property was recently subject to tree removal contrary to city bylaws, and that the matter was being formally addressed through bylaw enforcement.

A city investigation began in June after neighbours expressed shock and dismay over the loss of dozens of trees.

On June 9, Gary Buxton, the city’s director of planning & community services, said city bylaw enforcement staff, who were at the site on June 4, were continuing their investigation.

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“Bylaw Enforcement staff continue to be active on this file and there are staff at the site on Friday doing more investigation and follow up work,” commented city director of planning & community services Gary Buxton in a June 9 email to the Observer. He said the city received an application for a tree cutting permit, an application for rezoning and a subdivision application for the site on March 7, 2023.

“They are essentially brand new applications that we have established files for but have done no work on as yet.”

The city’s tree removal bylaw (2305) states “where more than one tree is cut down, removed or damaged in violation of this bylaw a separate offence is committed in respect of each individual tree,” and that every person who commits an offence against the bylaw may be fined up to $2,000 for each offence.

Weed is scheduled for a Nov. 12 arraignment hearing at the Salmon Arm Law Courts.

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Lachlan Labere

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