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How did a developer get permission to remove trees on Airlie Road?

Tim Buckland

Q. How did the developer get permits to remove beautiful living large overhanging oak trees on Airlie Road, which is a designated state Scenic Byway? Don’t tell me they were diseased or infected — take a look at the cuttings, they are perfect from bottom to top.

A. For this one, we turned to the city of Wilmington assistant planning director, Ron Satterfield.

Here is Satterfield’s answer: “The developer submitted site plans that complied with the standards for tree removal. Significant trees that were removed as part of essential site improvements (i.e. roads, utilities) were mitigated according to city requirements. City staff worked with the developer to save as many existing trees on site as possible based on the developer’s plans and the plans approved when the property was rezoned.”

“Mitigated” generally means other trees are planted to make up for the trees removed.


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