Appeal Hearing on 200+ Trees at Horizon School

Over 200 trees at 1900 DeKalb Ave., the former site of the Horizon School, are to be clear-cut for --- you guessed it --- more condos!

Please attend the appeal hearing this Wednesday night to decide the fate of these trees. It is important to have a large turnout to show the Tree Commission that the community no longer is going to stand for this wholesale clear-cutting of property by developers. Georgia already ranks #1 in the nation for tree loss, and yet the City of Atlanta keeps handing out tree cutting permits like candy. And the City wil keep handing them out until community pressure to save trees -- especially those that are protected by the Tree Ordinance -- exceeds developer pressure for the City to look the other way.

poster for march 16 2018 hearing


On the most basic level, the developer/owner is suppose to minimize impact to trees to the maximum extent possible.  The developers have done nothing to preserve trees at this site.  They are literally clear-cutting 2.5 acres.

Here are some of the violations of the Tree Ordinance that are being appealed:

  • Trees in the setbacks are not being protected, which is a requirement of the Tree Ordinance.
  • Stands of trees are not being protected, which is a requirement for land over 1 acre.
  • The recompense is not being calculated properly.  Recompense is what the owner pays the city for taking down trees, and the money goes into the city tree bank for replanting new trees.
  • The developer is not replanting the proper type of trees, and is not replanting in the correct location.
  • The developer should make an effort to reuse the existing street and building footprints, but this is not happening.

Please don't let happen to this property what happened in Pine Hills, or the Bobby Jones Golf Course, or Piedmont Hospital.  It's time for the people of Atlanta to start making their voices heard about the importance of preserving Atlanta's urban tree canopy.  Please come to the hearing Wednesday to show your support for the people who have taken the intiative to file this appeal.  More information can be found on The City in the Forest website.

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