If you want to see a devastating reason for the Lakeland Tree Ordinance, you need look no further than immediately next to Lakeland.
To go to the part of Lakeland north of the Loosahatchie River, I go north on Canada Road, which turns into Old Brownsville Road. There is a development is at the northeast corner of Old Brownsville Road and Brunswick Road and directly north of a similar development.
I was already shocked at the “clear cut” method of development, but, I thought, at least the developer left some trees to screen the road from the (I assume) housing development.
I was shocked last week to see ALL of the trees screening the road ripped out by a dozer. It literally looked like a murder scene (with obviously trees instead of people).
While discussing this with other staff, it was mentioned that some developers think they should “tear out the trees and plant new ones where the trees SHOULD be”!
This development is in Shelby County (Bartlett Reserve). It is another strong reason why Cities should have regulatory authority in their Reserve Areas!
Seeing this, I appreciate even more the efforts of Eric Bridges, Nick Bridgeman, J. Higbee, Karen Jarrett and our Inspectors and other staff in preserving our natural resources and avoiding erosion problems.
I hope all residents will also tell the developers and builders who do conserve trees and natural resources “thanks” for keeping Lakeland beautiful and following the spirit as well as the letter of the Tree Ordinances.