(Updated, with permit details.) A number of large mature trees were logged at the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 18, 2016. These photos are for the record. The City approved a design that essentially didn’t preserve any of the trees in the square. The above video documents the removal of two of the trees in the square. Another video by ‘zen boy‘ also has footage of one of the trees coming down (Tearing Down the Huge Tree at the Vancouver Art Gallery – Destruction!).
For more information on the City’s Urban Forest Strategy, click here:
The City is asking for public support to “Help us grow our urban forest and reach our goal of planting 150,000 trees by 2020.” The Protection of Trees Bylaw “preserves, protects, and strengthens our urban forest, while permitting property owners to remove trees for property maintenance and development.”
DETAILS OF PERMIT.
The tree removal permits are in the slideshow above. Below are a few excerpts, for the record…
City of Vancouver
Application date: Apr 16, 2016
Issue date: Apr 16, 2016
– IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 4.8 OF THE PROTECTION OF TREES BY-LAW #9958, THIS PERMIT SHALL BE CLEARLY POSTED ON SITE DURING THE TREE REMOVAL. FAILURE TO DO SO CONSTITUTES A VIOLATION OF THE BY-LAW, ANI) MAY BE REFERRED TO THE CITY PROSECUTOR FOR FURTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTION.
Book inspections by calling 3-1-1 within Vancouver or 604-873-7000 from outside Vancouver.
Fee Adjs $-1,966.00
Removal of eleven trees with new VAG Plaza redevelopment. Trees will be removed prior to Development Permit and Building Permit issuance. Tree removals of City owned street trees TBD with Park Board approval. Tree protection to be determined with Development
Permit clearance. Thirty-six new trees to be planted on Plaza property with building permit.
Trees to be removed with this permit are as follows: Trees #’s 009, 010, 022, 012, 013, 018, 019, 020, 021, 022 and 023.
Trees previously removed under separate permit: Trees # 001, 002, 003 and 004.
Installation Details and Trees
Requested Number of Trees to be Removed: 11
Approved Number of Trees to be Removed: 11
Number of Replacement Trees Required: 36
Terms and Conditions
– Tree removal to be completed in conjunction with approved construction.
Required replacement trees shall be planted and in place prior to building occupancy. If a replacement tree fails or is removed, another tree must be planted in accordance with Schedule D, Protection of Trees By-law Number 9958.
A replacement tree must be planted at least
(a) 1 m away from a side property line, an accessory building and any other structure or thing likely to be affected by the tree,
(b) 1.5 m away from a principle building, and
(c) 2.5 m away from another tree.