The current proposal for 902 Foul Bay requests the removal of 29 trees. 21 of them are Bylaw-Protected, including 7 Garry Oaks and the 2 iconic Copper Beech trees estimated to be 100 years old (based on their presence on a 1928 aerial photo, available on VicMaps). The arborist's Tree Resource Spreadsheet for 902 Foul Bay includes remarks about dead tree limbs, etc, but as the property has passed through the hands of several investors, there has been no evidence of any tree care. It is concerning when lack of property maintenance appears to support tree removal.
The developer's most recent landscape scheme includes a significant number of "native" plants and trees which are not native to this region. As the re-introduction of native plants serves to support a development proposal, this is a concern. Furthermore, there are three illustrations submitted, such as the one above showing the view from of the southeast aspect of the lot, where a large tree is shown adjacent to the east bank of townhouses. That tree does not exist. Two other illustrations show large trees which appear to provide screening for neighbours to the north, where in fact, they are indicated for removal.
A multi-unit development could take advantage of the large open space where the heritage house was positioned. Many mature trees could be retained--trees which are vital in mitigating effects of climate change, provide food and shelter for wildlife, and support the health and well-being of citizens.