………………….nice tree cover for how long?
THE REZONING application for 200 Keele st St in another modified form is up at the city council tomorrow. One of the important community related issues is Ravine Control and Tree Protection.
(see related posts for background on the development proposal)
from the staff report
Ravine Control and Tree Protection
The entire property at 200 Keele Street and the rear portions of the properties at 195 – 203 Oakmount Road are protected under the c. 658 of the Toronto Municipal Code – Ravine and Natural Feature Protection Bylaw (the Ravine Protection By-law). The purpose of the Ravine Protection By-law is to promote the management, protection and conservation of ravines and associated natural and woodland areas and to prohibit and regulate the injury and destruction of trees, filling, grading and dumping in defined areas.
The revised proposal would result in removal of at least 111 trees, injury to at least three other trees and the loss of approximately 1,900 square metres of available growing space in an area protected under the Ravine Protection Bylaw. The vegetation cover in this area is functioning as a natural area and is contributing to the overall canopy cover in the city.
With stewardship, this area could be improved. Urban Forestry RNFP does not support the application to allow the consolidation of the portions of the properties at 195 and 203 Oakmount Road with the property at 200 Keele
Street as the proposal to develop the consolidated land would result in the loss of tree canopy and growing area that is not in keeping with the purpose of the Ravine Protection.
a link contributed by a blog reader
City staff lawyers to be appointed to represent the City Planning position. Here is the link again: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-25771.pdf