Why More Plants ?
With the trend is towards larger residential buildings on smaller sites, it is important to ensure that the smaller yards are being used to achieve the maximum benefits for quality of life, the environment and our city's infrastructure.
Plants, soil and permeable surfaces in our yards serve a number of important functions. Whether the plants are in a well-tended garden or in a natural setting, they provide beauty. Planting trees, flowers and other vegetation can greatly increase the aesthetic appeal of a property or street. There is no better way to hide an out-of-scale or unaesthetic building than to hide it with vegetation.
There is scientific evidence that vegetation can reduce particulate matter by as much as 60%. Vegetation is of great value to the health of residents living along high traffic corridors.
Low Impact Developments can prevent flooding by absorbing a significant amount of precipitation at the sites, rather than overloading the storm water system. Requiring a significant amount of plants and soil at every site could reduce the need for building or redeveloping costly city storm water infrastructure.