Re: “Surrey is losing its tree canopy, report shows,” The Leader, Dec. 2.
It should come as no surprise that the City of Surrey’s tree canopy has been diminishing over the years as development continues unabated with absolutely no regard for environmental and hence aesthetic considerations.
If the city is truly concerned with vanishing greenery, more controls would be in place regarding the ratio of house-to-lot size and any high-density developments would revolve around existing tree groves. Current tree bylaws are a complete joke and totally beholden to developers and those that are only interested in making a quick buck.
It is frustrating to see large trees go down every time a development permit goes up. This has to change.