Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is It Better to Ask Permission or Forgiveness?

You really do need a sense of humor to embark on a house building project in the City of Atlanta. Today, I was thrilled to see the tree removal sign posted on our lot. That means someone downtown is actually looking at our permit application!

I also got a big kick out of the location of the sign. They plunked the sign down right in front of a stump of a tree we had already cut down due to root rot. Now if I had thought of it, I might have staged a photo like this, but this was a found shot. It's greatly symbolic of the whole processing of dealing with City Hall, though, don't you think?

Tomorrow I get to try to convince the arborist division that this lot is undeveloped.

For some reason, even though the tree ordinance says that a new lot of record (which this is) or a lot that has been vacant and not had a structure on it for 5 years (how about never?) can use the maximum recompense for tree fees, the arbors consider this a developed lot, because it has an easement driveway on it. Go figure! But then again, look where they put the notice about removing trees. Just sayin...

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