UPDATE: The appeal, heard at City of Atlanta on May 16, was upheld. The developer now has a few choices. He can file an appeal to Fulton County Superior Court, resubmit a new site plan to the arborist division, or drop development of the property.
The standing room only crowd had a heavy turn-out of citizens in support preserving the land and trees at 1900 Dekalb Ave, the former location of the Horizons School.
*Sometimes tree appeal hearings are rescheduled at the last minute, so check with the Atlanta arborist division to confirm the date and time. (404) 330-6235
THE BASIS OF THE APPEAL
Developers/owners are suppose to minimize impact to trees to the maximum extent possible. At the Horizons site, the developer has done nothing to preserve trees. They are clear-cutting 2.5 acres.
Some violations include (this is not a complete list):
- Trees in the setbacks are not being protected, which is a requirement
- Stands of trees are not being protected, which is a requirement for land over 1 acre
- The recompense is not being calculated properly. Recompense is what the owner pays the city for taking down trees, and the money goes into the city tree bank.
- They are not replanting the proper type of trees, and they are not replanting in the correct location.
- They should make an effort to reuse the existing street and building footprints, and this is not happening.
The tree vigil was held on May 12, 2018 at 11am. Here is a video of that event: https://youtu.be/bBh0frkS9fA
Over 200 trees scheduled to be removed by a developer on the former property of the Horizon School at 1900 Dekalb Avenue. City in the Forest, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving our native urban forests, sponsored a vigil on Saturday, May 12, from 11am-12noon.
Our purpose was to honor the trees, and bring public attention to the threat of losing this urban forest.
Atlanta is different. Unlike any other major U.S. city, Atlanta, the “City in the Forest”, stands out for its unique, native urban forest. Besides natural beauty, our trees provide invaluable benefits such as critical storm drainage, increased air quality, shade and climate stabilization, wildlife habitat, decreased crime, and increased public health – both psychological and physical. Our trees urgently need protection because 80% of our urban forest is located on residential property where rapid development is destroying the landscape – trees and soil. We need to start by strengthening our tree ordinances, establishing a source of funding for city/state purchase of green space, improving the tree appeal process, and a groundswell of citizen action.
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