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Uphold the decision of the Atlanta Tree Conservation Commission regarding 145 Norwood Rd and 2096 Delano Drive (Appeal 2015-00109) Please consider an offer to purchase the property from the developer.

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On March 18th, 2015, the Atlanta Tree Conservation Commission (TCC) voted 5-1 to uphold an appeal to remove trees on this property.  Cited in the ruling were the violations of the ordinance in the following sections: 

  • Section 158-103 (a) Minimal impact on trees; replacement trees. Each applicant for apermit to remove, destroy or injure trees shall, to the maximum extent feasible, minimize the impact on the trees on the site. 
  • Section 158-104 (1) On lots and subdivisions of one acre or more, the applicant shall identify environmentally sensitive areas as part of the site plan required in section 158-105. Such areas shall include wetlands, floodplains, permanent and intermittent streams, stands of trees and other significant aspects of the natural environment on site. Limits of disturbance to these areas shall be established and detailed on the site plan.
  • Section 158-65(6) Tree conservation commission's ruling.
    a. The tree conservation commission shall sustain an appeal upon an express finding that the administrative official's action was based upon an erroneous finding of a material fact or upon an erroneous application of law.  

We appeal to the honorable Councilwoman and esteemed development leadership team at the City of Atlanta to consider the purchase of this parcel of land. 

We are calling for a more responsible, intelligent and considerate development plan that serves to protect and preserve the aesthetic beauty of our neighborhood that has made it such an oasis since founded in 1899.  A stand of White Oak trees within this appealed property which have been left undisturbed for more than 175 years and are excellent health with a life expectancy of nearly 600 years. The arborist made errors of material fact in the omission of the 100+ year undisturbed state of the trees and the land. The initial errors of trees to be removed which were slated to be saved and the omission of boundary trees to neighboring properties.  Left unchecked these omissions would have caused damage to trees on neighboring properties and would have violated agreements with existing neighbors to preserve trees.  We as concerned neighbors and friends are left to question the accuracy of the data for the entire project.

This site is unique in that its trees sit at the top of a hill that is visible to nearly 100 nearby homes and families. For over 175 years this unique stand has been undisturbed and it's canopy held as a valuable asset to every land owner until now.  As directly affected neighbors we are confident that a compromise could be reached if the city would purchase the land and allow homes to be built along Norwood Rd and Delano Dr as has been proposed multiple times by it's owners since 1907.  The protected area can, for example, easily serve as a natural education opportunity that can easily be supported by the nearby Branham Park Recreation building's educational programs.

This solution represents exactly the qualities that we as residents, neighbors and friends  of Kirkwood have come to love about the neighborhood.  Intelligent development, education, opportunity, family and growth. 

 

 



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