The former CFB Rockcliffe Community Design Plan (CDP) is proposing a document to be given to the City of Ottawa which will help to ensure green space is being respected by construction workers when they build. They will be presenting the material to the Planning and Development Committee for approval. Al Crosby of National Capital Free-net, needs your ideas before the City's public meeting on 25 June, 2015 at the East Gate Alliance Church on Codd`s Road. Please send any ideas you may have about keeping the construction workers accountable for green space regulations to [email protected]
Sadly, as Crosby says, it is easy to get approval for keeping green space safe from developers, but once the work begins there is no monitoring or follow-up to ensure that the construction workers are following city protocol.
Much of the area in Rockcliffe concerns the Monfort Hospital Woods and The NRC Woods. These green spaces contain woodlots and vegetated swales. The Rockcliffe region slotted for land use development includes mostly tree dense areas, therefore the proposal hopes to ensure the long-term survival of the trees and natual species in the region. Part of the document which will be prososed to the City is outlined below.
"It is recommended that the control of exotic species, particularly European buckthorn and dog-strangling vine, be
investigated within the retained treed areas, and that appropriate trimming for the health of individual trees be
undertaken in accordance with the recommendations made in this report and as necessary. To retain value for
wildlife, dead trees should only be removed where they pose a risk to human health and safety.
Wherever tree planting is to take place on-Site, consideration should be given to using species that reflect the
existing native species present, such as Sugar Maple, Red Oak and Bitternut Hickory. Non-native and invasive
species should not be used. Planting of tree species along streets and additional plantings within park areas
where feasible will help to off-set the tree loss associated with the proposed Draft Plan."
Again, any suggestions can be made to [email protected] before June 25, 2015