The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion places great importance on trees in its territory. Planting on both public and private property is encouraged through grants and other means.
In residential areas, there must be at least one tree in the front or secondary front yard. An additional tree is required if the front lot line is 20 metres wide or more, and for each additional 10 metres. For example, for a single-family home whose front yard is 18 metres wide, only one tree is required. A front yard 22 metres wide would require two trees. Note that the width of the front lot line includes the driveway.
First of all, you must contact the Engineering and Environment Division, which will accept or reject your application for permission to fell a tree and will issue a permit if accepted.
Tree felling may be permitted in very specific cases:
- to enable construction of a structure or building authorized in accordance with urban planning by-laws, if it is proven that felling cannot be avoided;
- if the tree is dead, shows an irreversible decline or has an incurable disease, poses a danger to public health or safety, constitutes a major nuisance that cannot be remedied, causes damage to public or private property, or affects the growth and well-being of nearby trees;
- when required for the growth and operation of a woodlot for which a selective cutting plan has been filed with the City.
Normal inconveniences related to the presence of a tree, such as falling twigs, leaves, flowers or fruits, roots at the surface, insects or animals, shade, odours or the release of pollen, do not constitute a nuisance.
Since 2010, the Public Works Department has planted 2,231 trees on public property. Budgets permitting, 600 more trees will be planted each year for the next five years.
Not counting wooded areas, the number of public trees in Vaudreuil-Dorion is estimated at 7,000.
Grants for tree planting
Vaudreuil-Dorion residents can receive grants for tree planting. Ask about conditions before you purchase your tree.
Trees in urban areas provide many tangible benefits. Here are just a few:
- They act as a heat sink.
- They capture and filter pollutants.
- They mitigate extreme weather conditions (water runoff, wind).
Health and quality of life
- They give your home some privacy.
- They're beautiful to look at.
- They reduce stress and illness.
- They increase your property value.
- They reduce the need for air-conditioning.