Q9 - Will you prioritize the conservation of existing greenspace, as well as biodiversity on both city and privately owned lands by amending the property standards by-law, as well as increasing targets for and allocating more funds towards naturalization?

Jeff Leiper

Yes. We need to keep evolving our property standards so that native plants and naturalized lawns and yards are encouraged. It is somewhat of a balancing act to ensure that ”naturalized” isn’t used, for example, by negligent landlords to excuse poor maintenance. But I am sure we can navigate this, and Council recently directed staff to recommend changes to the by-law in this direction. City-owned lands should be prioritized for native plantings and naturalized areas. As a bonus, this leads to saving funds as it decreases the need for constant mowing.

Oonagh Fitzgerald

Yes.

Dan Stringer

Did not participate.

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