Tree bylaw shouldn’t penalize homeowners

Saanich council should plant its own trees instead of forcing homeowners to take the lead on tree preservation

Re: Protection needed for trees in Saanich (Letters, Aug. 21)

I agree that we are right in wanting to preserve woodland in Saanich.  However, as property owners, we are entitled to enjoyment of our property, as long as it does not create a nuisance.

If council wishes to preserve woodland it has adequate ability to do so by planting more trees on public land in Saanich parks, on roadsides, etc. It is questionable on several grounds whether the persecution of property owners who change the composition of their own wooded areas is justifiable as public policy when the municipality has other remedies that it can implement without affecting property owners.

Enjoyment of our property should not be subject to the dictates of the municipality when it can achieve the same result by other means.

Roger Love

Saanich