Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Huntington Woods battles over trees

People in Huntington Woods are upset about  a new city ordinance aimed at making it harder to cut down trees.

The city of Huntington Woods
Credit hwmi.org

The ordinance requires property owners to get a permit and pay a hefty fee to remove a tree, even on residential property.

Allison Iversen is leading a campaign to repeal the ordinance.  She says she appreciates the city commission’s intention to protect city trees and property values, "but not by creating this 21-page, 8,000 word ordinance that makes it extremely difficult for someone to cut a tree down in their own backyard."

City officials are reviewing the wording of the repeal petition.

The issue may end up on the November ballot.