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. Without counting the public woodlots, the number of public trees in Vaudreuil-Dorion is estimated at over 9,500.
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 Permits and Inspections 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, over 16,000 public trees have been planted by the Public Works Department. About 98% of homes in Vaudreuil-Dorion features at least one public tree in front of their property.
In 2020 and 2021, the Public Works Department planted more than 30 large trees, or trees with a diameter greater than 280 mm. This was the project selected by the population following a citizen’s vote, an initiative stemming from the wish to “encourage the participation of all in the well-being of all”, which is part of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025, entitled Habité par ma ville!. These trees will be monitored over the next few years to ensure their long-term survival.
Moreover, about 15% of the trees planted were conifers. In addition to promoting biodiversity, providing a wind shielding effect, and enhancing the City’s decor all year round, conifers are an important source of food and a nesting place for birds.
Budget permitting, it is expected that 600 additional trees will be planted every year to strengthen the canopy throughout the territory.
Grants for tree planting
Vaudreuil-Dorion residents can receive grants for tree planting. Ask about conditions before you purchase your tree.
Planting in the municipal right-of-way
Each year, the City plants trees within the municipal right-of-way in targeted neighbourhoods. If a tree is planted in front of your property, a door hanger will be distributed to provide you information about it.
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.