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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Decatur to weigh moratorium on tree removal, demolitions

From the ajc

Decatur to weigh moratorium on tree removal, demolitions
 By Bill Banks



Decatur’s City Commission will vote Monday on a proposed 90-day moratorium on the removal of healthy trees on private property and the demolition of single-family homes.

The vote follows recent commission meetings where a number of residents have expressed concern over a perceived escalation of “in-fills,” or the razing of smaller, older homes and replacing them with larger homes, some as tall as three stories. These “McMansions,” opponents say, are inconsistent with the city’s neighborhood feel, its aesthetics and architectural history.

“We’re continually seeing, over the last year or 18 months, more homes maximized for floor area and lot coverage,” City Planner Amanda Thompson said. “But how much more is something we have to figure out.”
more here http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/decatur-to-weigh-moratorium-on-tree-removal-demoli/nbRkF/

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