With an election coming in a few months, Chatham-Kent council decided to throw in the towel on creating a woodlot preservation bylaw and urged the next council to tackle the topic.

Council voted to pause their work on creating a woodlot preservation bylaw for the rest of their term, and have administration bring a report and presentation to the newly elected council after the October municipal election as one of the new council’s first duties.

Council has been working on creating a woodlot bylaw for the past year, but council had paused the process to hire a consultant in March to help with information gathering, stakeholder engagement and helping to create a woodlot bylaw framework. However, a consultant could not be found which put council behind in coming up with a woodlot bylaw prior to the end of their term.