The owner-developer of two homes that defied the District of West Vancouver’s tree cutting bylaw has pleaded guilty.
The owner-developer of 29 Glenmore Drive and 31 Glenmore Drive has pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful tree cutting on the District-owned boulevard adjacent to those properties.
The owner-developer has been sentenced to a fine of $10,000 per tree, for a total of $20,000 in fines.
The owner-developer is also required to cover the cost of replanting two trees, at over $2,000, and has made an additional $10,000 non-tax-deductible contribution to the District.
The District of West Vancouver prosecuted the owner-developer of 29 Glenmore Drive and 31 Glenmore Drive for the unlawful cutting of two mature Norway maple trees on the District-owned boulevard adjacent to those properties last year.
The owner-developer applied to the district for permission to remove these trees and was refused. After this permission was denied, the trees were cut without permits.
District bylaws prohibit any person from cutting a tree or engaging another person to cut a tree on a District boulevard without permission.
Violation of these prohibitions constitutes an offence, punishable on summary conviction in the Provincial Court of BC by fines of $10,000 per count.