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Tree ordinance a bit tricky in Gainesville

POSTED: February 9, 2013 1:00 a.m.

 

Thousands of trees have been taken down for the new New Holland Market shopping center at Jesse Jewell and Limestone parkways. What does the tree ordinance require concerning replanting?

The city of Gainesville requires a certain number of trees be replanted based on a specific formula, senior planner Jason Justice said.

For every acre that is disturbed, the city multiplies by 18 to provide the number of tree density units the developer must replant. One tree is not equal to 1 tree density unit; rather a number is assigned depending on the cross-sectional area of the trunk, according to the ordinance.

In the case of New Holland Market, roughly 14 acres have been disturbed and one tree equals 0.6 tree density units, Justice said, requiring 252 tree density units or 420 trees to be planted.

The developer actually plans to plant almost 600 trees, though, and they will be hardwoods, not pine.

“They timbered that site, which had a lot of pines on it,” Justice said. “So all of the 588 trees that are being replaced are more hardwood, shade trees, they’re not pine trees.”

In addition to those trees, the developer also is required to plant one tree per 20 parking spaces along with one tree for every 30 linear feet of road frontage.

With all the publicity regarding Georgia Public Radio, could you discuss who has ultimate oversight over Georgia Public Radio? Is it the legislature, a board of directors, the governor?

Georgia Public Broadcasting receives money from a variety of sources, including federal government, state government and private donations.

The organization posts audits on its website and the latest one available shows total net assets at $34.5 million. Some 71 percent of that is invested in capital such as land, buildings and equipment. The rest is unrestricted and used to meet other obligations.

The state appropriation that fiscal year accounted for 48 percent of GPB’s revenue, according to its website. Memberships, donations and corporate underwriting accounted for 25 percent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was 12 percent and 15 percent comes from other revenues.

For state funding, the governor presents a budget and legislators vote on that, which determines the amount GPB would get from that particular revenue source.

President and Executive Director Teya Ryan oversees exactly how that money is spent, according to Nancy Zintak, GPB’s vice president of marketing and communications.

To see the audit reports, visit www.gpb.org/about/publicfiles/audits.


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