Posts tagged with "tree ordinance"

Willis Park, trees on Avondale work session agenda

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 16, 2015

This story has been updated.  The Avondale Estates City Commission has a packed June 16 work session agenda. It includes a discussion about a request for proposals to improve Willis Park and an item called “Official Tree Species List Ordinance Amendment.” There will also be an update on the city’s proposed millage rate. The full […]

Avondale extends deadline for tree committee

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 2, 2014

Avondale Estates is offering additional time for residents who might be interested in joining the city’s Tree Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee. The original deadline of Nov. 26 has been extended to Friday, Dec. 5, “In order to obtain a sufficient number of applicants.” “The committee will compile findings and report them to the Avondale Estates Tree […]

Avondale accepting tree committee applications

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 18, 2014

Live in Avondale? Like trees? Listen up. The city is taking applications for its Tree Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee. There are 12 spots available. Committee members will be asked to study … – Residential tree ordinances in other cities – The pros and cons of said ordinances – Potential legal challenges to a residential tree ordinance […]

Avondale moving forward on tree ordinance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 6, 2014

Avondale Estates Mayor Terry Giager said commissioners will work to revise the city’s tree ordinance, an issue that’s likely to invite controversy. Giager has his own personal reservations about the issue. He believes that the government should respect property rights. But development in Avondale has accelerated and clear-cutting of residential lots to make way for bigger […]

Out and about with Decatur’s new arborist

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 18, 2014

India Woodson hopped in her city-issued pickup truck on a Tuesday afternoon, turning down the gospel music on the radio so she could speak into her phone. Decatur’s new landscape infrastructure coordinator – or, to keep it simple, arborist – called out an address. The global positioning system pulled up a map leading her toward […]

Avondale residents want a stronger tree ordinance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 20, 2014

Avondale Estates may soon follow Decatur’s lead by pursuing a stronger tree ordinance. During the Aug. 20 city work session, resident Martha McDermott told commissioners that there’d been an alarming amount of clear-cutting in the city. She referred specifically to a lot on Lakeshore Drive. McDermott wasn’t the only person who noticed that the lot […]

City of Decatur still looking for arborist

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 8, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners on July 7 adopted a new fee schedule as part of recently-enacted regulations on tree removal. The hunt for an arborist to enforce those regulations continues. City Manager Peggy Merriss said that the city has another round of interviews scheduled for the position this week. “As soon as we can get someone […]

Mulch – More on Decatur’s new tree regs

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 20, 2014

When it was finally over, Decatur’s new tree ordinance passed with relatively little fanfare. Commissioners on May 19 voted unanimously to approve it, even though polling among residents showed strong opposition to it. The new ordinance sets new rules on how many trees residents can remove and at what cost, while promoting growth in the […]

Documents – Read latest draft of tree ordinance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 9, 2014

The city of Decatur on May 9 released an updated draft of a proposed tree ordinance that will provide more oversight over tree removal in the city. City Commissioners will consider adopting it on May 19 at 7:30 pm, a notice from the city says. “The purpose of the update is to modernize the existing […]

Canopy credit – Tree ordinance comes together

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 6, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners on Monday took a few more whacks at a proposed ordinance that would place new restrictions on tree removal in the city. The ordinance will appear on the commission’s May 19 agenda. Decatur published a draft of the revised ordinance on April 7, for public comment. Commissioners had considered a version of the ordinance […]

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