On Tuesday, October 13, Hydro One forestry and communications staff met with city officials (Forestry and Environmental staff, as well as a political representatives) on site. Hydro One was presented with a petition from residents regarding the removal of all vegetation along the transmission corridor from Cedar Street to the Hanlon.
The meeting covered a wide range of questions and concerns that we have heard clearly from residents, namely:
- one week’s notice on the Friday before Thanksgiving weekend is unacceptable
- why a clear cut approach at a time when urban forestry renewal is best practice?
- what other options are there to preserve buffer trees along property lines?
- why the rush to start work next week?
- better communication with residents is essential
- a resident meeting was proposed to better define the work to be done
- what native restoration species is best for the area?
We left the meeting with some progress made, although Hydro One was very clear about their intent to use a clear cut method of removal rather than selective individual removals. They were also clear that cedar and native hardwood would not meet the criteria to remain along the corridor due to height.
The following was agreed to by all parties when we left the site meeting:
- Hydro One will delay the start of the project for one week
- Hydro One will host a resident meeting (next week likely Tuesday or Thursday)
- City staff will meet with Hydro One reps later this week to review the restoration plan and to advocate for the use of native pollinator species to enhance this corridor for wildlife habitat
- Hydro One staff will review boundary tree retention with each resident along Pacific Place individually this week to determine whether a buffer can be maintained on some individual properties
As new information becomes available, we will post it here on the Ward 5 website.