Thursday, February 25, 2010

Council to consider changes in development guide, including adoption of tree canopy ordinance; Louisville, KY

Council to consider changes in development guide The Courier-Journal:
The Louisville Metro Council Thursday will consider three ordinances that would change a document that guides development in the metro area.

The ordinances would:* Protect public safety from excessive or dangerous signs* Encourage saving more trees* Incorporate the Floyds Fork parks project master plan into the documentNone of the ordinances is considered controversial, although the one pertaining to signs could be amended during the meeting.

The so-called tree canopy ordinance provides incentives for developers to save more trees in new developments and gives the city more authority to penalize them if they destroy trees that are supposed to be saved. It also outlaws planting non-indigenous trees and plants.

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