When Haliburton County Council meets tomorrow, they are expected to hear an update to the shoreline tree preservation program.

In June, county staff was tasked with reviewing the by-law regarding shoreline tree preservation and looking into clauses that could strengthen the by-law as a whole. The by-law was designed to protect the shorelines of the 600 plus lakes in Haliburton County, and regulate the removal and maintenance of trees on the shoreline. It was recommended that the by-law is changed to charge violators of the by-law $620 plus victim surcharges, the cost is currently $550 plus victim surcharges.

Also recommended was the removal of exemption (q) that said the destruction or injuring of trees that is reasonably required in order to provide a temporary access road no wider than 5m to the building, structure or thing in respect of which a building permit has been issued, on a property only accessible by water.

County Council is open to the public and meets in the Minden Hills council chambers.