The Dunwoody Planning Commission voted to approve a recommendation requiring a $25 permit before trees on non-residential property, not under construction can be removed. The recommendation also included a fine of up to $1,000 per tree removed without a permit.
While this ordinance would not apply to residential properties, “non-residential, mixed-use and multi-family zoned lots” would fall under this proposed regulation. The permit would be required for the removal of any hardwood tree that measures 14 inches or more in diameter at breast height, “specimen” softwoods (pine trees, etc.) that measure 30 inches or more and “specimen” understory trees (dogwoods, crepe myrtles, etc.) that measure 6 inches or more.
This ordinance recommendation is being considered, according to the City’s Planning Department, because the City of Dunwoody’s current tree ordinance only speaks to the removal of trees during the construction process. After a request from Perimeter Mall to cut down as many as 69 trees, the City decided they needed something on the books to cover a situation like this.
The next step in the process is for the Mayor and Council to review the recommendation at an upcoming Council meeting. A date has not been set as of yet.