By Victoria Blinkhorn
In order to create homes for new residents from essentially greenfield land, you must destroy. In Grandview Heights, around the area of 164th Ave between 26th and 28th Ave, it has been a nearly two year process for six acreages not within a Neighbourhood Concept Plan Area (an area with a City-approved land use plan created with public consultation) to go through the development application process. On January 12, 2015 the clearing of the land began and soon the creation of new homes will rise in “Morgan Crest.”
We look forward to welcoming new families into our transforming neighbourhood. The builder is reputable so the new homes are likely going to be lovely.
For many residents, the shock that inevitably accompanies the clearing of green lands, is palpable for those who loved the greenspace that once existed. We miss the nocturnal call of the owl and birdsong of hundreds whose homes were bulldozed. Those neighbours most directly affected will miss the shade of the whispering trees in the summer breeze and the little creatures they harboured. It is good to remember what was there before and for neighbours concerned about their recently stripped side and/or backyards, it is also important to know that there is a re-planting scheme to contribute to a buffer that they once enjoyed in the form of natural, albeit overgrown woodlands. At the bottom of this blog are links to the development application process for Morgan Crest as well as to tree retention and re-planting diagrams.
The camera lens is the writer of this blog as it shows some “before and afters” to date.
The first image to set the stage for reference is courtesy Google Earth, summer 2014. The red-bordered land (#1) is Morgan Crest, the blue #2 to its north a recently-approved extension to the original infill, and #3 a one acre lot whose development application is inevitable. All the trees on property #2 are being removed save two.
From a different angle, here is a view of the part of the development from the south.
If other GHSA members have their own “before and after photos”, please feel free to send them in to complete the record.
Other documentation behind the genesis of Morgan Crest and the next two annexed development acreages on 28th Ave:
Development Application 7913-0226
Member blog opinion about Application 7913-0226
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