Today the SM County Supervisors heard from several Burlingame residents about their plan to remove over 100 trees at the crest of Coyote Point in order to build a parking lot.
The parking is needed, according to the County Parks dept., in order to accommodate anticipated new visitors to Coyote Points new beach—a project that has been in the works for a couple of years. The new beach is being built in part to address sea level rise.
Some of the Burlingamer’s spoke to the idea that trees trump cars. Clearly 4 out of 5 County Supervisors disagreed. Dave Pine was the only one who heard the Burlingamer’s concerns that not enough attention was paid to alternatives to removing the trees. It was pointed out that there was never a parking needs study done as part of the plan. These types of studies are common with land use issues, so it’s unusual that there was not one done in this case—apparently not an issue for the supes. The supes were satisfied with the fact that while the mature trees will meet their demise, some, (not enough to equal those that will be cut down) will be replaced with young immature trees. The mighty eucs have withstood the fierce winds for the past 100 years or so, and I doubt the new trees will tolerate the winds as well. (We have all been to beach cities that have those trees that look wind blown to one side.)
So with today’s decision you can say good-bye to hundreds of trees. Another gem of the suburbs lost to Chevy Suburbans.