Greenspace or open space reserve, protected areas of undeveloped landscape. Urban open space, open space areas for “parks”, “green spaces“, and other open areas. (Wikipedia. Picture: Creative Commons.)

This March, the Brevard City Council changed the Unified Development Ordinance ( UDO) Density and Dimensional Requirements Among other things, they removed the necessity of building developments to provide geenspaces.

This means is there’s no longer space required for plantings for pollinators, birds, squirrels  – not even our iconic white squirrels! There’s no space for us to walk, to play, to sit and breathe around a development. There’s no requirement for greenery, proven to improve our mental and emotional health, through visual and touchable plants around homes; nor any throughout the commercial areas. Developers, on their own, seldom consider preserving trees, nor creating visually pleasing planting areas as part of their design work – just look at the clearcut on Rice Street, recently done so 3 houses could be put in. Think of the difference well grown trees in front and back of each would make! Increased dollar value, too.

It isn’t just Brevard of course. In SCIENCE DAILY, Science News, March 23, 2018

Biodiversity and nature’s contributions continue dangerous decline, scientists warn

Human well-being at risk. Landmark reports highlight options to protect and restore nature and its vital contributions to people

Summary:          Biodiversity — the essential variety of life forms on Earth — continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.

Sources:

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (Full article on website.)

MAP your greenspace: http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/map-the-green-space/

WHAT TO DO? Suggest Brevard City Council reconsider it’s vote, it’s a better policy for the future of this lovely little city. And in your development, around your commercial spaces, increase green spaces. Even in tight building spaces, there’s always green roofs and walls – gorgeous, too!