By Jason Wright / Appen Newspapers
Like all the trees in Milton? So do a group of volunteers who make up the city's newly launched Tree Committee.The seven-member group, led by Milton's city arborist, Mark Law, have been tasked with taking a look at the Fulton County tree ordinance adopted in 2006 - a "Top 10" priority for City Council. Some feel it's not exactly built for a place like Milton, so the committee will weigh tweaking it to better suit community concerns. The committee is made up of both concerned citizens and developers to even out the interests.
The first meeting was June 26. Meetings are tentatively planned for every two weeks at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend and hear committee discussions."We're looking to make it more congruent with Milton's policies," said Law. "Fulton County's ordinance deals with different issues than we have up here. It's more rural, and our citizens have a different expectation than what Fulton was doing for the whole county."
According to the city's communications department, future agendas will involve discussions related to residential tree removal permitting, recompense standards, tree banking, landscaping strips, tree health evaluations, specimen tree classifications, tree canopy, buffer preservation and more.Law said he expects the law should be revised by the end of the year. He's looking for it to "find a good balance between development and preservation of our greenspaces."
"Summer will probably slow things down, but we don't want to rush," he said. "We need to draft exactly what we want."
Scott Gronholm is a self-professed "local developer." He said since the city started he's been compelled to volunteer his time and give back. And he wants to make sure smart growth, which preserves lots of greenspace, is allowed in his home city."I am a developer, so I feel like I could help in that way," he said. "I see how it could be mediated."
Like Gronholm, Diane Palmer felt she needed to help her city in some way. A resident of Milton since 2000, she owns what she calls a "postage stamp" horse farm."I'm interested in holding onto the animal habitats," she said. "I want to help make this a better place that is different from the rest of metro Atlanta."