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Residents ask Brookhaven for moratorium on tree cutting

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Residents ask Brookhaven for moratorium on tree cutting

A fallen tree near Adair Dog Park in Decatur, Ga. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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A fallen tree near Adair Dog Park in Decatur, Ga. The tree fell on the night of March 12. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A fallen tree near Adair Dog Park in Decatur, Ga. The tree fell on the night of March 12. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This might sound familiar to Decatur residents.

Some Brookhaven residents are frustrated with the pace of development in the city and are asking elected officials to enact a moratorium on tree cutting, according to the Brookhaven Post.

According to The Post, “With development in the city at a seemingly all-time high, residents say some developers are getting their permits approved, then ‘accidentally’ cutting more trees than their permits allow. Additionally, residents say erecting silt fencing around ‘save’ trees is not being done consistently and heavy equipment is being operated in the vital root zone.”

The article says Brookhaven officials are crafting a new tree ordinance and the moratorium would be in place until that process is finished. But officials sounded skeptical about the calls for a moratorium, according to The Post.

To read the full story, click here.

In October the Decatur City Commission enacted a 90-day tree removal moratorium to give the city time to adopt the new ordinance. The moratorium ended in January, but the new ordinance wasn’t adopted until May of this year. Commissioners tried to pass a new ordinance before the moratorium ended, but the first draft didn’t go over well with Decatur residents.

Some Decatur residents also asked for a moratorium on tearing-down older homes, but commissioners voted 3-2 against that idea.

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