How can one think clear-cutting trees is the answer?
The Tampa Bay Builders Association thinks it is a great idea. They hired an attorney to present to City Council a citizen initiated amendment to modify Chapter 27. This is something that occurs regularly. But usually it goes through a few city departments before going before City Council. Last week during a workshop on the current tree code, Gina Grimes their attorney, presented this amendment in such a way that it is now on the agenda for THIS Thursday, March 1st at 9 am.
This is one of the sneakiest things I have ever heard of in our City politics!
This amendment wipes out the entire tree code and lets any person to clear cut any tree that is in the footprint or easement of a new development. ALL trees protected or grand can be removed! They would not need a permit or to pay into the tree fund, or to plant other trees to compensate..
This is acting directly against the public’s interests in Tampa.
Please let of your friends know, who care about trees or our urban forest or our environment to attend City Council Thursday morning or send an email or phone your City Council representative. Today!!
Ideally we need to fill City Council chambers THIS Thursday March 1st! This item will be heard shortly after Council opens at 9 am. If you can not attend, please send City Council an email
Our century old oaks and other protected trees add so much to our homes, our streets, the canopy of limbs, our health and they provide shade – all things that I value and I think enhance our neighborhood and our city. How can one think it is a good idea to clear cut all trees !
Many THANKS for doing what you can. Please share with friends!
Hearing Date: Thursday March 1st, time is during staff reports, usually soon after 9 am
City Council meets at City Hall - Third Floor 315 East Kennedy Boulevard
Council email: [email protected]
Phone number 813-274-8131
Re Agenda Item76.
Legal Department and City Staff to review the ordinance submitted by Gina Grimes; further, that the Legal Department and City Staff to appear with a report of the City’s opinion, whether favorable or unfavorable of said ordinance. - (Original motion initiated by Reddick-Maniscalco on February 22, 2018.)
“ a. A protected or grand tree shall be permitted to be removed if any portion of the trunk of the protected tree or grand tree is located within the buildable area of the zoning lot in any of the following single-family residential districts: RS-75, RS-60, RS-50, YC-2, and SH-RS. For purposes of this section, “buildable area” is defined as that portion of a zoning lot which excludes the minimum required yards (i.e., setbacks).”