Letter: Richmond tree bylaw is a joke

Dear Editor,

If the City of Richmond has a strict tree bylaw then why are they allowing two, mature pine and fir trees to come down at 4160 Garry St. in Steveston?

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Penta Homes Ltd has applied for the removal of these beautiful trees, as well as six more on this site. Penta Homes has to pay the city only $3,000 for the removal of six trees, a drop in the bucket compared to what these townhomes will sell for.

These two trees are situated on the corner of the lot where there are five townhouses to be built. These two trees are out of the building envelope. They can be saved considering their location.

The builder has two ways of getting into the lot to do the construction, from Garry Street and also from Yoshida Court.

These two trees are well over 100 feet tall and this is where eagles like to perch. Penta Homes only plans on keeping one smaller tree, the one that the eagles don’t sit in. These trees are irreplaceable. How can you replace mature trees of their stature with small ones and consider that adequate?

The city tree bylaw is a joke and builders, like Penta Homes Ltd., should be saving more trees. Trees everywhere in Richmond are coming down, and we will never be able to get them back.

Cindy Lee



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