Atlanta Council proposes significant change to tree ordinance
On June 17, The Atlanta City Council made a striking modification the City's tree ordinance.
Property owners will now be allowed to remove any tree that is growing within 5 feet of a house or duplex, without recompense. A permit will still be required from the City Arborist Division prior to removal, and no other tree may be removed under the same provision for 5 years. Furthermore, the exemption does not apply if the tree contributes 10 percent or more of the total tree canopy over the lot.