This happens. A lot.
Vancouver’s housing market may be softening, but the urban clearcut is alive and well.
Even here in super green North Vancouver.
It goes like this.
They’re typically 30 or 40 year old houses – a 3 bedroom bungalow or rancher that served its family perfectly well. Here in North Vancouver they’re usually sitting on a pretty big lot – often with mature trees on either side and in the back.
The house gets sold and the new owners want to build something big – usually the maximum size allowed – so the house goes and so do the trees.
I took this photo this afternoon. A few days ago there was a house on this lot, and a lot of trees. Its easy to see how many from the pile of timber stacked out front. In the background you can see the trees on the neighbour’s property.
No doubt the new owners will do their best to pave the remaining natural surfaces