The City of Vancouver appears to be deeply committed to the well-being of, as they call it, the world’s most spectacular urban forest. The evidence for this is everywhere, such as…
- Vision Vancouver’s flagship program, the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan
- The City sponsored Treeseekers program focused on replanting trees, and
- The City of Vancouver’s tough Protection of Trees Bylaw.
Notable from that Bylaw is the following section:
|Property development and trees All property development, whether it’s renovation or new building, requires you to retain all the existing trees located on your property.|
Now take a look at one small part of this urban forest. On this five lot parcel of land at 18th and Commercial there are at last count 39 trees which fall under the Protection of Trees Bylaw, including a number of very large Lawson Cypress trees, as much as 60′ tall and 30″ in diameter.
This form of construction would entail the loss of most of the mature trees on this property. One can only wonder how, given the priority The City claims to place on the preservation of Vancouver’s urban forest, how City planners could have taken part in the presentation of such a design to the neighbourhood. Is everybody at City Hall not on the same page, or is “The Greenest City in the World” just hollow rhetoric?
I suppose the answer to the question, “Who is Protecting Vancouver’s Urban Forest?” is we all have to play a part. That means contact the City and let them know how you feel about this.