District sues 3 men for allegedly cutting down trees to boost home value
West Vancouver seeking more than $35K after 4 trees, shrub allegedly removed to improve views
The District of West Vancouver has filed a lawsuit after four trees were cut down in a park near Horseshoe Bay.
Three men are being sued for allegedly chopping down the trees in Larson Bay Park, on the Howe Sound waterfront, to increase the property value of a nearby home.
The district is seeking more than $35,000 from the men.
According to court documents, the owner of a nearby home, Nancy Moffat, passed away and two of the accused became executors of her estate.
The trees were cut down in July 2018 and the house was sold for $2.85 million about six months later.
Peter Moffatt, David Moffat and Caceres Lopez are accused of damaging three red cedars, one bigleaf maple and a blackthorn shrub to clear a pathway to the home to improve its value.
The district alleges the trees were alive and healthy and are part of a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem that is considered at risk in B.C.
Peter and David Moffat have replied to the lawsuit in a court document.
"We performed maintenance work on a neglected portion of Larson Bay Park," the document read. "We disagree any damages were caused."
The case has yet to be heard in court.
with files from Meera Bains