Zoning loophole destroys trees

ATAG member Anne Bodine has identified an important loophole in the zoning code that allows developers to cover more of a lot under development with impermeable surfaces and remove trees. This is especially true for larger lots with mature trees where the land is clear-cut to accommodate driveways, patios, pools and other ancillary amenities. We urgently need a new “line item” in the zoning requirements for residential areas; i.e., “maximum lot coverage square footage”. To learn more, see the full letter to the Editor of the Sun Gazette.

The proposed change is simple and could be highly effective in addressing not only the loss of our dwindling tree canopy, but also addressing stormwater runoff and climate change. Contact the County Board and express your support for this practical change that would have a significant short-term effect.