Contrary to some worried calls to The NEWS, an eagle tree at the corner of Despard Avenue and Corfield Street in Parksville has not been cut down and is protected by a covenant as part of the rezoning process.
Council approved a 25 unit single family small lot subdivision on the property last fall, which was a down zoning from the previous multi-family zoning which would have allowed a 120 unit building.
A city bylaw requires any subdivision to dedicate five per cent of the land as park space and in this case the biologist certified eagle tree in the far back corner of the property led to a 50 metre buffer around the tree totaling 21.3 per cent of the property explained Parksville manager of current planning Keeva Kehler.
The development, with fee simple, residential lots of 330-420 sq.m. (3,550-4,520 sq.ft.) has passed the rezoning and development permit process in council and just needs a final subdivision approval from staff.