Friday, July 11, 2008

Milton Volunteers Look At Tree Law

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."


Anonymous said...

Residential tree removal permitting, tree banking, tree health evaluations, etc.,what a CROC.

Looks like Mr Law is trying to create regulations, get them passed into law and therefore justify and pay for his position, typical BUREAUCRAT.

For those wanting to GIVE BACK, start by going back from whence you came.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Mark Law is DOING this. It's part of cityhood. He is an arborist. Someone else hired him to do this job which is seems very qualified to do. Go down to City Hall and tell them. We are a CITY now. Did you vote for it??

Anonymous said...

Appreciate your enlightening me as to the title of Mr. Law and that he was hired by our sub contracted government, CH2 whatever. Would you agree that city tax payers, indirectly pay his salary? His qualifications, ability or performance is not in question. Maybe if I'd called him a lobbyist, rather than a bureaucrat, it would have been more appropriate.

NO, I did not vote for it (CITY). IMHO, in a few short years, many of those who did will regret it.

Just because it is a CITY doesn't mean I have to agree to everything they propose, now does it.

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is, they want to protect all these trees and I have a neighbor who has cut multiple specimen trees down, cut deep into the drip lines of other trees and sheer cut root systems (3 and 4 feet deep) on other trees for a driveway and yet Mark Law has done nothing.

This person threatened a lawsuit against Milton and everyone backed off. I guess this is just selecetive persecution or prosecution? Maybe it is that CH2doesn't want to enforce tough calls.

Anonymous said...

Over forty years ago this man built his home in what is now Milton. Shortly thereafter he dug up an oak tree sprout from a relative's property and planted it on his property.

The tree grew to the point the limbs were hanging over the roof of his home and he was afraid they might fall and damage the roof. He contracted with a reputable tree company to trim the tree, not cut in down, just trim it back.

The worker is in the tree, cutting the limbs and someone from our sub contracted government (CH2), appears and stops the work and tells the man he is going to issue him a citation.

The home owner explains to this "tree policeman" how he obtained the tree, when it was obtained and it belonged to him and his reason for trimming it.

The "tree policeman" left and stated he'd be back shortly with his citation. True to his word, he did reappear. The owner asked him if he had the citation and was told they were going to let him by and not issue a citation.

Seven years ago I had numerous pine, sweet gum and poplar trees cut from my propery and I assure you there were no "tree police" from FCO to be seen. NO, I did not clear cut, nor was there any erosion or other damage to any streams. Did not destroy the animal habitat with the exception of some squirrel nests, however no young ones in nests.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight, Milton and their subcontracted govenrment wants us to stay rural and mostly "AG-1" or Agricultural, but would never let you cut your trees down if you wanted to plant crops?

Seems counterintuitive (oxy-"Moronic") to me.

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