Councillors in Edmonton will debate a measure Tuesday which could lead to additional costs for those wishing to build a new home in the city. A bylaw has been proposed which would require each new homeowner to plant a minimum of two trees and four shrubs and permit applicants would have to leave cash or letter of credit when applying for the permit. There would be an inspection two years after the home was built with the cash returned if planting has taken place. Residents in the city have complained that infill has seen trees disappearing from their neighbourhoods. The new rules could be introduced before construction season picks up in the spring.

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