As someone who's been very active in issues involving irresponsible development in Danbury, one of the biggest concerns when it comes to clear cutting land is environmental damage caused by a result of the cutting down of trees.
For instance, one of the many functions tree serve have to do with the absorption of water. Trees absorb a lot of water...TONS of water. Without the assistance of trees, on a street with the a large slope such as Hospital Ave, water that would normally absorbed have no place to go but downhill.
This issue of water runoff was raised by members of the public during back in 2005 when BRT proposed building a 28 unit complex on the land on Hospital Ave.
Jeannie Chapin, Third St. in the morning cannot get out of her driveway then has to wait to get onto Virginia Ave. cannot travel on Hospital Ave. any longer. Has to circumvent the area. The traffic problem is insane, the water runoff is bad too. BRT put up a slab house on her street and it has caused drainage problems. Begging for no more multi-family communities in Danbury.
As someone who lives in the area, I know a thing or two about the runoff that comes from Hospital Ave onto Osborne. That being said, yesterday, while there was a minor rain shower in the area, I decided to take a look at the BRT site and see if there was a difference in runoff....and lets just say that I was surprised with what I saw.
I have never, EVER seen so much runoff coming off Hospital Ave after such a minor rain shower, and one look at the reddish color of the water and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know where the runoff was coming from.
Watch it for yourself..
Food for thought when you think about the public's historical opposition to the BRT's attempt to develop land on Hospital Ave.
...they told you so!