New rule: Builders must save more trees - CharlotteObserver.com:
In an effort to save Charlotte's tree canopy, the City Council approved changes to its tree ordinance Monday night that will increase the number of trees that must be saved in commercial development and apartment complexes.
The tree ordinance had been debated for five years, as developers and environmentalists engaged in a tug-of-war over the issue. The council approved the changes by an 8-3 vote, but only after another debate over how the requirements would impact affordable housing.
Council members Warren Turner, a Democrat, voted against the tree ordinance changes, as did Republicans Andy Dulin and Warren Cooskey.