[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]
Some council members want to tell us when we can trim our trees or take them down. A new ordinance is being proposed that will require a clearing and grading permit if you want to trim trees for a view. You cannot trim more than 25% of the tree. We don’t know how much the permit will cost. Arborists will need to be hired by the property owner.
As it was last I saw it, these restrictions will only be on steep slopes, other “critical areas” and right of way for now. In a year or two it could be applied to all of us.
Are we bright enough to decide when we should trim or remove our own trees or do we need the city staff to tell us?
There will be a public hearing on this proposed ordinance on May 22nd. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
– Jeanette Burrage
Des Moines City Council Member
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