On Thursday May 24, 2012 Austin City Council voted for big business.
City Council voted 7 to 0 allowing a waiver to the Heritage Tree Ordinance so that the property developer Trammell Crow Company could remove seven heritage trees from the development site at the Green Water Treatment Plant in the very heart of downtown Austin, TX.
These seven heritage trees (six live oaks and one 33" caliper pecan tree) are next to the sidewalks and can easily be saved by incorporating them into the design of the landscape. The trees are within a stones throw of Austin City Hall and the "Margret Hofmann oaks" on Cesar Chavez.
We are committed to following in the footsteps of Austin's Tree Lady, Margret Hofmann, who fought for the heritage tree ordinance as a council member in the 1970's. She was a pioneer in her dedication to trees, and her tireless efforts contributed enormously to the beautiful green city we enjoy today.
Your signature is vital in telling the City and Trammell Crow Company that everyone must abide for the Heritage Tree Ordinance. Vote for the trees and create an Austin that future generations will be proud of!
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Save the Heritage Trees at the Green Water Treatment Plant
The people of Austin demand that the six heritage trees and the protected tree at the Green Water Treatment Plant be saved.
The people of Austin demand that big business, in this case Trammell Crow, follow the rules, as the City requires of all of its citizens, and abide by the Heritage Tree Ordinance.
The people of Austin demand that the developer, Trammel Crow, design around these trees as the Heritage Tree Ordinance requires. These trees are next to the sidewalks and can easily be saved by incorporating them into the design of the landscape. At the very least, all of these trees can be transplanted.
The people of Austin will hold Trammell Crow accountable for the destruction of any of these valuable and irreplaceable heritage trees.
The people of Austin will not give up until these trees are safe!