Calgary councillor upset over loss of trees for BRT project
The city says more trees will be replanted to replace any lost
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Calgary councilor Jeromy Farkas says residents in his ward are upset over the loss of trees for the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, but the city says all facts were laid out early in the process.
The trees that have been cut down were adjacent to the Rockyview Hospital, and Farkas claims they were only recently planted.
"The public was sold on certain facts around the project – that none of the green spaces or the trees would be removed, but it turns out now that the rubber has hit the road that we're having quite a detrimental impact to some of these green spaces," he said.
In an email to residents, Farkas included a "Frequently Asked Questions" provided by the former Ward 11 office.
One of the questions on that FAQ is "Will we be losing parks and trees?" The answer from the city is simply: "No."
Transportation spokesman Sean Somers clarified that, saying no net trees will be lost, since the city will plant at least two trees in other locations for every one tree that is cut down.
"At the November 13, 2017 Council meeting, council confirmed that phase two of the Southwest BRT (South of Glenmore Trail) would start construction in 2018. The question of tree removal, park space, and off leash dog parks was addressed in the July 2016 response to public questions (question 21, page 44), and The City also posted more detailed information on the Southwest BRT web site in February 2018," said Somers in a prepared statement. "Nothing has changed, and this is business as planned for The City."
Farkas said trust between the city and the citizens has again been lost over the way the matter was handled.
"It speaks to the rush and unaccountable fashion under which this entire project has proceeded," he said. "I wanted to make sure that we reviewed the details of the project."
-with files from Helen Pike