Residents ask Brookhaven for moratorium on tree cutting

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 9, 2014
A fallen tree near Adair Dog Park in Decatur, Ga. The tree fell on the night of March 12. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A fallen tree near Adair Dog Park in Decatur, Ga. The tree fell on the night of March 12. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This might sound familiar to Decatur residents.

Some Brookhaven residents are frustrated with the pace of development in the city and are asking elected officials to enact a moratorium on tree cutting, according to the Brookhaven Post.

According to The Post, “With development in the city at a seemingly all-time high, residents say some developers are getting their permits approved, then ‘accidentally’ cutting more trees than their permits allow. Additionally, residents say erecting silt fencing around ‘save’ trees is not being done consistently and heavy equipment is being operated in the vital root zone.”

The article says Brookhaven officials are crafting a new tree ordinance and the moratorium would be in place until that process is finished. But officials sounded skeptical about the calls for a moratorium, according to The Post.

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In October the Decatur City Commission enacted a 90-day tree removal moratorium to give the city time to adopt the new ordinance. The moratorium ended in January, but the new ordinance¬†wasn’t adopted until May of this year. Commissioners tried to pass a new ordinance before the moratorium ended, but the first draft didn’t go over well with Decatur residents.

Some Decatur residents also asked for a moratorium on tearing-down older homes, but commissioners voted 3-2 against that idea.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. As many commenters on the other site have pointed out, our ordinance is not about saving trees or tree canopy or slowing global warming but control. The Decatur tree ordinance allows a small group of activists to control/stop development and (for some) improve their finances. It will be interesting to see how this develops in Brookhaven and other municipalities. But the good thing for me is that citizens outside Decatur can learn from our experience and hopefully have a better outcome. I also think this has been good for Decatur. The love affair that many Decaturites had with our government may not be over but it is certainly strained. Reminds me of some of the conversations I have from visitors to Glen Lake park and tennis center, “Mr. B, you were right. I can’t understand why I voted for that guy in 08!”

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