The city of Atlanta is updating its laws protecting trees for the first time in 20 years, and it wants residents’ input on the plan.

June 3 through 6, the city will host four meetings – one in each quadrant of the city – including one in Buckhead. The Buckhead meeting will take place June 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW in Atlanta.

The remaining meetings will be held:

June 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Metropolitan Library, 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW in Atlanta

June 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Church of the Master Presbyterian, 3400 MLK Jr. Drive in Atlanta

June 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. NE in Atlanta

“(The Atlanta) City Council is watching closely,” deLille Anthony, chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods’ Buckhead tree canopy committee, said in a news release. “If a large crowd shows up at these meetings, Atlanta leaders will get the message that people are ready for a change as development escalates in Buckhead and across the city. About 77% of Atlanta’s tree canopy is on single-family lots which is why residential properties must be protected.”

This set of meetings is part of a process the city is going through regarding its urban ecology framework. After the city collected data and analyzed it last year, it hosted a series of public forums in April. Following the June meetings, a draft of the new tree ordinance will be made and the city will hold public forums in July and/or August.

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