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Avondale accepting tree committee applications

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Avondale accepting tree committee applications

Lake Avondale. Source: Avondaleestates.org
Lake Avondale. Source: Avondaleestates.org

Lake Avondale. Source: Avondaleestates.org

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

Applications are due by 5 pm, Nov. 26. To download one, click here. The application includes instructions about how to submit it.

The city announced the formation of the committee after residents asked City Commissioners for stronger regulations on residential tree removal. As development increases in Avondale, so does the clear-cutting of lots to build bigger houses.

Avondale isn’t the only city grappling with the issue. In May, the Decatur City Commission approved a stronger tree ordinance. Atlanta also is considering revising its tree ordinance.

The notice from the city says, “The committee will compile findings and report them to the Avondale Estates Tree Board to seek their comments as part of their recommendation to the BOMC. The committee will present their recommendation to the BOMC at the Regular Work Session on Feb. 18, 2015.”