Atlanta Tree Ordinance


We have the opportunity of a lifetime right now to protect our unique urban forest. The city has announced that it is committed to revising the Tree Ordinance within the next year. A group of concerned citizens (including arborists, architects, builders, and naturalists) has worked hard to develop a 4-Step Plan that would balance the development process and enhance our growth plan to embrace economy, community, trees and our urban forest.

Tell your elected officials to support changes to the Ordinance that protect more trees, our best trees, and our highest value urban forest. Even as we grow, it is possible to protect what makes Atlanta different.


Copy/paste this letter and add your personal note. Send to your Council Member and to Tim KeaneCommissioner of Planning (anyone who lives, works or plays in the City can write Tim Keane). Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of email addresses and a District map.

Dear Councilperson ________,

[Share a personal note here about why the trees of Atlanta are important to you.]

I am concerned by how many trees we are losing in Atlanta. Our urban forest is beloved. We must work together to protect one of Atlanta’s most unique and valuable assets. If tree loss continues at the current rate, we risk losing our urban forest. Atlanta will become unbearably hot with catastrophic stormwater costs, falling property values, and broken communities. 

Please support changes to the Atlanta Tree Ordinance that:

  • Save MORE trees in plans for building and redevelopment
  • Save our BEST trees
  • REDUCE grading and impervious surface on lots
  • AMEND the development process to better balance trees and development

Our trees are an essential part of our City’s character and an invaluable, irreplaceable resource. We must make these changes to the Ordinance, or we will lose our urban forest.

John Doe

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Commissioner of City Planning: Tim Keane, 404-330-6037,, Suite 1450
Atlanta City Council President: Felicia Moore, 404-330-6052,

District 1: Carla Smith, 404-330-6039,
District 2: Amir R. Farokhi, 404-330-6038,
District 3: Ivory Lee Young, Jr., 404-330-6046,
District 4: Cleta Winslow, 404-330-6047,
District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong, 404-330-6048,
District 6: Jennifer N. Ide, 404-330-6049,
District 7: Howard Shook, 404-330-6050,
District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit, 404-330-6051,
District 9: Dustin Hillis, 404-330-6044,
District 10: Andrea L. Boone, 404-330-6055,
District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet, 404-330-6054,
District 12: Joyce Sheperd, 404-330-6053,

Post 1 At Large: Micheal Julian Bond,
Post 2 At Large: Matt Westmoreland,
Post 3 At Large: Andre Dickens,

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55 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303
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