Save Ormewood Forest
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Please help Save Ormewood Forest. Nestled in the heart of East Atlanta, Ormewood Forest represents over 6 acres of land, upon which century-old trees provide habitat for abundant wildlife and essential protection for a first-order headwater stream. The surrounding community wishes to preserve the land, its trees and the stream for several reasons. First and foremost, the land and its trees contribute to the ever-shrinking tree canopy within the urban heart of Atlanta. Preserving Ormewood Forest would increase, by 50%, the current public greenspace within the East Atlanta neighborhood. Second, preserving the land around the headwater stream protects watershed resources of the already impaired Intrenchement Creek and South River Watersheds. Third, neighboring residents as well as native inhabitant wildlife depend upon this forested land to mitigate urban heat-island effects and to process storm water runoff. The land serves as a significant wildlife habitat, as well as providing esthetic values that enrich the quality of life for our community.
Heritage Capitol Partners and Heritage Homes are seeking to develop Ormewood Forest using high density, multi-family residential zoning. Their specific re-zoning request to MR1 could even allow for some limited commercial usage and does not guarantee that a quality planned development would be built. MR1 is not only inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood zoning, it would set an undesirable precedent for future developers who may be unconcerned about environmental impact and the existing traditional character of our neighborhood as established in the City of Atlanta’s 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan. If unsuccessful in their zoning request, Heritage is still intent on developing the property in accordance with existing zoning. This would result in the entire acreage being sliced up across the protected stream buffers into ten home sites, virtually eliminating any meaningful way to restore and preserve the stream system.
Show your support for Saving Ormewood Forest and join our efforts in appeal to Heritage Capital Partners and Heritage Homes to take their development plans to a more suitable location and allow our community and Atlanta the opportunity to permanently protect this green space for the benefit of all.
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