Regarding those trees at 3160 Shipping Avenue
In response to the inquiries regarding the trees at property 3160 Shipping Avenue, please be advised of the following measures taken prior to the tree permit approval:
The Tree Permit request was submitted to the City in January of 2016. There are a total of 31 trees on site. After numerous efforts, 19 are being preserved. Of the 12 trees approved for removal, they were prohibited species, hazardous/diseased trees, and four (4) Live Oaks in the center of the building footprint of this vacant lot. While our efforts to try and preserve the Live Oaks on site were not successful, we did reach out to the Carrolton School and they showed interest in preserving and relocating the Live Oaks to their site.
In regards to the condition of the trees that were deemed hazardous, two (2) reports were prepared by Certified Arborist, Mr. Bob Brennan, and provided to the City as part of the tree permit application. These reports, along with photographs, are on file for reference. In addition, Environmental Resources staff conducted two (2) site visits with the owner, Certified Arborist and contractor to assess site conditions with efforts to minimalize as much tree canopy impacts as possible. In doing so, we were able to preserve one (1) Live Oak (originally proposed for removal) and now is just being trimmed. Furthermore, numerous meetings were held with the property owner regarding the project and potential impacts.
As required, prior to the approval of any tree permit, a 10-day public notice is to be posted onto the property and the HOA’s notified. This Intended Decision notice was posted onto the property on 7/15/16 as well as emailed to all HOA’s in the area on 7/15/16. Appeal period was from 7/16/16 to 7/25/16. This City received no appeals.
Quatisha Oguntoyinbo-Rashad, Chief
Environmental Resources │Planning & Zoning Department
ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
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