Avondale calls work session on tree ordinance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 4, 2014
Reader submitted photo of clear-cut lot on Lakeshore Drive in Avondale Estates.

Reader submitted photo of clear-cut lot on Lakeshore Drive in Avondale Estates.

The city commission of Avondale Estates on Tuesday announced that there will be a special called work session on Wednesday, Nov. 5, to discuss the city’s tree ordinance.

The meeting, which begins at 5:30 pm, will also include a discussion of the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

According to the agenda, commissioners will discuss a “tree ordinance ad hoc committee.” Back in August, residents approached city commissioners asking for a changes to the current regulations on tree removal in the city. With development picking up in the city, there’s concern about clear cutting of lots for bigger houses.

City Manager Clai Brown said in August that the city currently doesn’t have a residential tree ordinance. The city attempted to overhaul its ordinance in 2007, but failed.

Decatur passed a stronger tree ordinance in May after months of debate.

Avondale Estates has been named a “Tree City” by the Arbor Day Foundation, and has held that distinction for more than 30 years.

All work sessions and regular meetings of the Avondale Estates City Commission are open to the public. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza.

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