4-Step Plan

Atlanta Canopy - G Earth - 1440-500

New building trends in construction and re-development often result in the loss of 75-90% of our existing trees. Because 95% of Atlanta’s trees are on private property, and nearly 80% are located in single-family-residential zones, the only way to save Atlanta’s canopy is to build with trees. Here is our 4-Step Plan:

  1. PLAN FOR TREES FIRST
    Plan for trees at the beginning of the permitting process. This is the only realistic way to save trees and greenspace on development sites.
  1. SAVE THE BEST TREES
    A Tree Value Matrix has been developed to prioritize which trees are the highest value based on size, health, species and location, a method that is easily incorporated into the existing survey process. A requirement to preserve “high” and “excellent” value trees, according to the matrix, would ensure our best trees are preserved given we will not be able to protect all trees.
  1. REDUCE GRADING & IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
    A maximum sustainable footprint can be determined for different zoning categories. The result will not only reduce tree loss and impervious surface, it will decrease crisis-level stormwater problems/costs and reduce the impact of gentrification, among other benefits.
  1. EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT
    Penalties must serve as effective deterrents to code violations on construction sites.

Download the PDF here:
The New Atlanta Tree Ordinance _A 4-Step Plan_

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