LETTERS: Tree directive can’t be clearer

Editor:
I was taking my afternoon walk along the promenade and saw the continuation of the destruction of vegetation on the ‘hump’.

Editor:

I was taking my afternoon walk along the promenade and saw the continuation of the destruction of vegetation on the ‘hump’.

At the ‘community conversation’ hosted by Coun. David Chesney, Coun. Helen Fathers indicated the clearing was being done to protect the views of the residents along that stretch of Marine Drive.

I was gobsmacked! My view of Mount Baker certainly was not protected, as the city allowed the building of a four-storey house two doors down from my residence.

I asked myself, what is the guiding principle regarding views – either the city protects views or it doesn’t.

This led me to read White Rock’s official community plan.

And there it was, under Section 4.2.18: “The City will ensure that the land south of Marine Drive, situated between the parking lot at the foot of the pier and Totem Plaza/Lion’s Lookout Park, {otherwise known as ‘the hump’} is to be maintained in its natural state.”

It can’t be made any clearer.

The city, in addition to having conflicting policies regarding views, does not follow its own OCP.

Erika Johanson, White Rock