Editorial: Dallas improving its tree ordinance | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Opinion: Editorials
On one point both groups agree: Dallas' tree ordinance is lacking.
Developers denounce the many hoops they're forced to jump through as they try to unravel the time-consuming process for obtaining exemptions and removing trees. Ultimately, the roadblocks that City Hall throws up discourage development, they say.
Those on the side of protecting trees complain that what was touted as a preservation ordinance really is a mitigation policy – one that's aimed at replacing trees instead of preserving them. They tell horror stories about clear-cutting and the 'moonscapes' that have resulted under existing rules.