Long-time Jefferson resident Alex Bryan questioned the City of Jefferson Monday night as to the impact the tree ordinance would have on property owners.
The ordinance outlines exemptions, tree protection areas, tree survey requirements, tree retention and replacement. An approved tree retention and replacement plan is required prior to the issuance of any land development permits.
Bryan suggested the regulations be voluntary with incentives offered. He also asked the council to consider hardship cases, including people who need to cut timber from their property in order to be able to pay their property taxes.
“Look at it in the eye of the individual,” he said.
City manager John Ward said platted subdivisions would be exempt and the new requirements would apply to new development only.