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Canopy tree planting in the private realm within infill development is primarily implemented through the planning process. However, tree planting directed through the planning process is unable to keep up with the net loss of canopy cover throughout the municipality as a consequence of urban consolidation.

Analysis of the size and location of private open spaces in planning applications for medium density development determined that there is an opportunity to include specific tree size, locations and tree numbers within schedules of the residential zones within the Moreland Planning Scheme to provide improved canopy cover in the private realm without impacting on housing yield. This change in planning policy would see greater canopy coverage on private land to help mitigate the urban heat island effect and improve the quality of medium density housing in Moreland without impacting on the opportunity to provide additional housing for Moreland's growing population.

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