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I have noted the comments in the Chronicle-Herald of Sue Uteck on the trials of dealing with lot
infills ... As the former owner of a property on Beaufort Avenue now undergoing an infill process, with significant loss of trees which we cared for , and apparently photographed by The Coast the other day, after the tree-slaughter, with appalled neighbours standing around, and with your acting editor present I can only suggest that Halifax develop stronger development and design controls. Not just for the south end, but for suburban locales too. One in particular, a boxy treeless waste as of 2006 when I last saw it, is a disgrace to the planning process and to Halifax.
Here in Saanich, Vancouver Island, BC, where we moved after selling that Beaufort Ave. property, there is a "tree bylaw" which prevents wholesale razing of venerable trees. Trees on the approved building footprint can be cut to allow construction, but houses
have had to be built with a tree growing through their porch! My opinion was long-held that Halifax has to get its act together to keep the municipality a showcase, what reason would there be not to? Why the delay? Where is the vision?
And one other point: look around at other cities especially Victoria and note the small, attractive condo complexes which can be designed to look like large houses and keep trees and the visual beauty of a streetscape intact, like Young Avenue. Much better to do this, although it is "multi-family", than chop up the lots. If I can think of these things, why can't our Councillors? Why don't they get off their asses and go look at some other cities? Uteck and too many others do not like to be "guided" or given suggestions -- I, a mere tax-payer at the time, of course, received only rude answers about that sort of thing myself, in the past, although Uteck is a strong character and could do much good if she didn't feel so compelled to joke around all the time...
By Janet Doyle