Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tree ordinance removes protection for heritage trees to allay developers' concerns, also looks to lower UTC goal for same reason; San Antonio, TX

SA Current - NEWS+FEATURES: The QueQue
Hot potato number two: the Tree Canopy Preservation Ordinance, currently being pruned by City staff and a Stakeholder Committee “to capture more trees to preserve,” according to the Planning and Development Services Department. Or, if the panicked emails flying through the internets are to be believed: to remove protections for those bothersome “significant and heritage trees” that are always in the bulldozer’s way.
The membership of the committee is one source of worry for preservationists, who feel it’s tilted toward developers, with three real-estate and construction-affiliated representatives. Representing Team Lorax: the San Antonio Conservation Society, the Citizens Tree Coalition, and the Texas Forest Service.

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