CITY OF ATLANTA ISSUES 180-DAY MORATORIUM ON DESTROYING 10 OR MORE TREES ON FIVE OR MORE ACRES OF RESIDENTIALLY-ZONED PARCELS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Dexter M. Chambers
Council Communications Director
June 29, 2017
City of Atlanta Issues 180-Day Moratorium on Destroying 10 or More Trees on Five OR MORE Acres of Residentially-Zoned Parcels
ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance proposed by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong to impose a 180-day moratorium on the acceptance of any application to remove more than 10 trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger.
The City Council unanimously approved the city-wide moratorium on June 19.
During the moratorium period, the city will examine the impact development is having on the city’s tree canopy. The six-month period will also provide an opportunity to develop strategies for increasing and preserving the city’s tree canopy.
The city of Atlanta has a reputation as the "city in a forest" due to its abundance of trees. With 36 percent of the city covered in trees, Atlanta is more densely forested than other cities in the U.S., which average only 27 percent tree coverage. However, a recent tree canopy study conducted by Georgia Tech revealed a shortage of tree canopy in select areas of the city.
In November 2016, the City Council approved the use of a portion of the Tree Trust Fund to be used to procure privately-owned afforested property to be designated in perpetuity as forest land.
"Protecting our old growth forests is vitally important for our city. We are lucky to have several parcels of land throughout the city that have not been disturbed and that play an important role to our eco-system and to our quality of life,” said Councilmember Archibong. “As the result of this moratorium, we will be able to develop an intentional strategy for expanding our tree canopy for the benefit of generations to come."