Long Branch Heritage Tree To Be Destroyed

An application to build two oversized houses on two undersized lot at 36 Ash Cres. Will be heard by the Committee of Adjustments on April 27th. The tree is close to the property line on number 42 Ash. If it is approved the Heritage tree at 42 Ash Cres. will lose at least half its roots and half its tree canopy. It will die. This will also set a precedent that no tree in Toronto is safe, no matter it’s size or even if it is a Historical Tree. This Silver Maple is only one of four trees in Long Branch that has been recognized an Historical Tree by Forest Ontario. Over 100 years old, an old growth tree from the original urban forest that covered Long Branch when it was developed back in the 1920. Back in the early 1900’s Long Branch was originally promoted as “Close to Nature and close to the City”, still the most notable physical characteristic of the neighbourhood. Almost all of Toronto’s Urban Forest policy’s are being tested with this application. The City’s Official Plan on urban forest, Every Tree Counts, Green City, Nature Matters to Health, Long Branch Character Guidelines Tree Protection and even the City’s target of a 40% tree canopy by 2050. If approved no tree in Toronto will be safe. The Official Plan states the urban forest should not be “compromised” by development pressures. The City of Toronto Strategic Forest Management Plan has established a target to grow the tree canopy in the City to 40%. This target is not achievable without the preservation of large canopy trees. The destruction of this tree is in violation of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapters 813. This tree can not be replaced by planting any number of new trees, not in this generation. This application goes to the heart of Toronto’s urban forest policy, if approved Toronto’s tree policy is put aside and it is development over trees. Because of recent Provincial changes to the Planning Act if the builder wins this application it cannot be appealed. What can you do: Send a letter of objection to the Committee of Adjustments saying you want this application for 36 Ash Cres to be refused. The precedent that Heritage Trees are not protected is not acceptable and the destruction of Toronto’s Tree canopy cannot continue. Email your objections to [email redacted] for COA meeting April 27th, 36 Ash Cres. File B0018/22EYK, A0460/22ETK, A0219/22ETK. Send no later than 4:30 pm April 20th. Also contact your City Council member (Etobicoke-Lakeshore is Amber Morley at [email redacted] ) and let them know of your objection. If this application is approved no tree in the City of Toronto is safe.
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