New Build + Tree Protection Zone
So I'm at a juncture where my wife and I are debating a full gut reno (including basement underpin) versus knocking over our existing 1940s 2 story home in Toronto (west end) and building new.
I'm very familiar with construction methods (engineer by training) so would be partial to build something new using ICFs.
However, the primary concern I have with building new is the very large (40 ft tall) pine tree that's about 15 ft from my house. I have referenced the City of Toronto table that specifies tree protection zones. Based on this, I wouldn't really be able to build out much further than what's already present.
So my question is - does anyone have experience going through permitting to 'injure or destroy' a tree due to new construction? I've heard anecdotally that this is extremely difficult and time consuming.