The City of Atlanta launched its first urban ecology study in an effort to evaluate and inventory the City’s natural environs, including rivers and creeks, forest and tree canopy, ridges and watersheds, public and private green spaces, and other features that encompass and define the City’s existing landscape. The Urban Ecology Framework identifies what natural features are unique to the City of Atlanta, how ecosystems or habitats can be restored, and which policies promote development aligned with those features and systems. This inventory will be used to define a better future condition for the natural environment, including high-level recommendations about future green spaces, green connections, and green policies. This work represents the implementation of the Atlanta City Design value Nature, which aims to improve and accentuate Atlanta’s authentic character in a way that can accommodate a much larger population.
The Urban Ecology Framework (UEF) is being led by the Department of City Planning with involvement and cross-collaboration from other City Departments, such as Departments of Watershed Management and Parks and Recreation, as well as Partner organizations like Trees Atlanta and Park Pride The consultant team is led by Biohabitats, Inc.
The City of Atlanta intends to enact a substantially new Tree Protection Ordinance in 2020. This is the last step in the Urban Ecology study which began in March 2018 and is a second phase of Atlanta City Design. A central premise of Atlanta City Design is that as the city gets denser and more populated, the natural resources of the city should be enhanced commensurately.
The Tree Protection Ordinance in Atlanta was originally enacted in 2001. Getting to a more satisfactory technique for regulating removal, protection and planting of trees requires careful consideration of all perspectives. The Department of City Planning is leading this effort and is anxious to get to a detailed proposal for consideration by City Council.
Below is an updated schedule for this work. This contemplates a final draft for adoption by City Council in July 2020.
– Commissioner Tim Keane, Department of City Planning
Program Sheet (revised 8/2019)Project Team and Committee Members
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