Council Preview: Tuesday Meeting Will Take On Tree Ordinance, CR Zones
Ward 5 night is Tuesday.
Due to MLK Day, this week's council meeting isn't until Tuesday. But we still wanted to give a preview of what to look out for that night. The agenda is short, but the items are significant.
Trees are always a big issue in Takoma Park and these last few weeks the debate has turned to the city's tree ordinance. The council will continue its discussion of whether residents should be able to cut down trees if they are installing solar panels. The argument against trading trees for solar is that the trees benefit the city more. The residents who want the opportunity to cut down trees to make way for solar energy argue that by keeping these trees up and having to still use Pepco for some heating and cooling needs, other trees in areas where fossil fuels are mined are being destroyed far more heavily.
The other item in the work session is a discussion of CR zones near the Takoma/Langley Crossroads. Residents in the New Hampshire Gardens area are concerned about the rezoning benefitting developers more than residents. Seven residents spoke out against the CR zone Jan. 10.
A representative for the Hampshire Langley and Takoma Langley shopping centers, spoke against the zoning as well.
The meeting Tuesday will kick off with Ward 5 night. The council will hear comments on residents' concerns in the ward represented by Ruben Snipper.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Takoma Langley and Hampshire Langley shopping center representative was in favor of the CR zones.