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BCN News and Upcoming Dates
Posted on Apr 17th, 2019

CITY OF ATLANTA PLANNING DEPT:  
Tuesday, April 23     
KICK-OFF MEETING: TREE ORDINANCE RE-WRITE
Cathedral of St. Philip      6:30 - 8:00 PM
2744 Peachtree Rd NW 

TREES ATLANTA AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS (Including BCN):
Tuesday, April 30 
UPDATE ON IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR TREE ORDINANCE
Atlanta International School  7:00 - 8:30 PM
2890 North Fulton Dr NE


Do you need to attend both the City Planning meeting on April 23 and the Trees Atlanta meeting on April 30? 
YES – if you can, you should attend both meetings as the content will be very different and there may be more opportunity to provide input at the Trees Atlanta meeting on April 30.  But it’s important to attend the City-hosted meeting on April 23 to let the City know how concerned we are in Buckhead.  Much of the reason Atlanta is called a “City in the Forest” is due to the canopy we have right here in Buckhead.  As Buckhead residents, we need to be on the forefront of pushing the City to create an EFFECTIVE ordinance that saves our city’s tree canopy.  

There have been three articles published this week about the upcoming Tree Ordinance that you should review:
April 5: Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Atlanta's urban forest under fire” , highlights why we need a new ordinance and the very real challenges we face in getting a new tree ordinance that saves our tree canopy.  Building permits in the City of Atlanta reached an all-time record high in 2018 and are predicted to be even higher in 2019, so there is considerable pressure to streamline the permitting process which could result in changes to the tree ordinance that further weakens our ability to protect trees. And, there is even the possibility that we may end up with no new tree ordinance at all, which means our urban forest will be seriously threatened.  As Greg Levine of Trees Atlanta says, “We can no longer plant our way out of this.”  We must focus on saving our existing canopy.

April 7: The Saporta Report, “What Atlanta decides on tree canopy could benefit people as well as urban forest” by Kathryn Kolb of Eco-Addendum (https://saportareport.com/what-atlanta-decides-on-tree-canopy-could-benefit-people-as-well-as-urban-forest/).  Kathryn spoke to us at our January meeting about the history of Atlanta’s trees and weaknesses in the tree ordinance.

April 8: The Saporta Report, “Tree Protection: ‘Atlanta City Design’ to shape discussion over new tree ordinance” (https://saportareport.com/tree-protection-atlanta-city-design-to-shape-discussion-over-new-tree-ordinance/)

Please share this information about the upcoming tree ordinance meetings and related articles with your civic association, NPU,  Next Door group and social media contacts.  

If you are unable to attend the April 30 Trees Atlanta/Atlanta Audubon meeting, the same presentation will be given on the Westside:

Saturday, May 11
10 AM
Cascade Nature Preserve
2852 Cascade Rd SW.  
Click here to register: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E195170&id=248

We need as many people as possible letting the City know that we need a new tree ordinance that works and we need it now!

Thank you,
deLille Anthony
Tree Canopy Chair 
404-285-0558
 
Our next BCN meeting is
Thursday, May 2nd
6:45pm-8:15pm @ Peachtree Presbyterian Church