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In March 2020, the Department of City Planning released a draft Tree Protection Ordinance. The proposed ordinance update is the first significant policy change since Atlanta City Design was developed. The goal of the proposed Tree Protection Ordinance is first and foremost to prioritize protection of the City of Atlanta’s tree canopy. Prior to releasing the first draft of the proposed Tree Protection Ordinance, we held numerous focus groups and community meetings; listened to scores of experts and stakeholders and received hundreds of emails, letters, and phone calls as part of Atlanta City Design: Nature (previously the Urban Ecology Framework). This keen interest in how the City of Atlanta cares for our canopy is illustrative of how much people care about the City of Atlanta - and that is exciting. Many of the ideas we have heard thus far factored into the first draft of the Tree Protection Ordinance, but we haven’t made all of the decisions yet. 


Next Steps

  • Review with the City of Atlanta Legal Team
  • Targeting ordinance for introduction to Council early 2021. 
  • Additional Public input and meetings will be held throughout the Council and NPU adoption process.

Submit Feedback

Comments and feedback on the draft Tree Protection Ordinance can be sent to the project team at treeordinance@atlantaga.govThế giới cá. Please note that all feedback sent to a previous email address ( has been received and recorded. 

Previously presented materials

TPO Outline: June 2019
Public Meeting: November 2019 TPO Draft 1: March 2020
Meeting Flyer
Presentation and Concept
Public meeting boards
Feedback worksheet
Presentation Tree Ordinance Draft 1 PDF 
Tree Ordinance Draft 1 Word 
Figure 1: City Design Areas
Tree Valuation Spreadsheet
TPO V1 Supplementals: June 2020 Council Work Session - June 2020  
Guide to Ordinance Changes
Public Comment (2/20-6/20)
DCP Presentation  


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