No. The Missing Middle housing initiative will decrease the number of trees in our urban forest.
An important proportion of Victoria’s urban forest and tree canopy is found in the Traditional Residential areas, both as street trees and on private property. These areas also display a diversity of topography which may include varied soil types and rock outcrops. Some fall within important ecosystems, such as Gary Oak meadow. – City of Victoria.
Comment: Missing Middle housing plan threatens Victoria’s trees. – Times Colonist, May 16, 2022
Located in Fairfield Victoria, Rhodo is a collection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom townhomes built by Aryze Developments. From the image below you can see the trees that have been removed from the two properties where these townhomes were built.
“What was once two heavily treed lots were completely clear cut and only one original tree was left in the new development. Indeed since the buildings extend right to the edge of the property there is no room left to replace even a fraction of what was lost.” – Anonymous community member
Before after from Richmond/Fairfield where a duplex replaced a single family home. Note the decrease in the number of trees.
Before after from Sturdee St. where duplexes replaced a single family home. Note the decrease in the number of trees and the absence of green space.