Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 10:01
Subject: << lovingpurelove
>> June 30th-Canopy Save Developments in Lakewood Heights VICTORY FOR
Dear Greenspace Family,
(Cynthia speaking initially)
All day long I had the most wonderful feelings
about the hearing tonight. I did not know what would happen, but I did
know that something wonderful was in the works, I could feel it. Final result? The trees won a continuance! Our
hearing date was put back to the original date of July 28th,
giving us plenty of time for the new plans to be drawn up by our design
architect, who will be back in town July 4th. But
as exciting as this is, something even more important happened, an absolute
surprise, that I think will make it mandatory for Habitat's
proposed plans to be changed. I am not at liberty to say what it is
right now, but when I can tell you, it will knock your socks off. It
was the most unexpected out of the blue development that I could ever
imagine in a million years.
We prayed for a miracle, and
I have to say our prayer has been answered. When you finally
realize the scope
of this miracle, its even more
amazing. We have had such miracles as this happen before,
against all odds, through prayer.
Each time something like this happens, it makes
us realize how wonderful this universe really is.
has just happened (some of which we're not yet free to talk about) is
What we can say is that we got our continuance from the Tree Compliance Commission
(TCC) against all
has just made me more staunch in my resolve: We must help those who hold onto the past to see
new vision of development. We must
help those who would clear cut our last tree
(for ANY reason). to see
that there are wonderful alternatives, to see that it serves
all of our good to protect
that which is beautiful in our world. Isn't
it self evident and just simple common sense to respect the
We think it's an idea whose time has come to
preserve our tree canopy.
To be a friend of the environment and a friend of our
health is not only possible to co-exist with development, it
to build new homes with the new
village paradigm that gives us all such an
attractive alternative to R-4 zoning
and old traditional models of
Our medical crisis in air quality has just gone too far for us to continue destroying
any more of the tree canopy.
reputation has to be earned,
in my mind, by going the extra mile in
saving our tree canopy. We think it's time to
hold all our developers to a higher
standard than what has been routinely accepted,
i.e., destroying trees unnecessarily
to build more houses in a city which is already
We repeat, there are better alternatives,
& that is why we're so excited about
environmentally conscious development.
There's even a special "environmental" zoning
category that very few people seem to have
even heard about.
HFH may still come around to embracing this
"new paradigm" of development: Keep praying & visualizing
Not now, but hopefully soon we'll
be reporting the big
Folks, hold onto your
hats! We can't divulge it yet, but a MAJOR new development in
this case may very likely
around in favor of our precious trees. We just needed the continuance
to get it, and initially it
sure looked like we were NOT going to
get it. They could have been bulldozing tomorrow..UGH. I
hesitate to say it...
I mean It was really scary
going into this hearing tonight. It was completely clear to me from
the outset--I can even
say, obvious---when our case first came up that it had been pre-arranged to be "a
done deal". Habitat was armed with
all their data, pictures, rebuttals, lawyers,
high powered Board members, arguments in hand, & they already had the
key witness on
their side (arborist Frank Mobley). The tree commission came within a
hair's breath of ruling "against the
continuance". In fact, they were already
in the process of so ruling when I protested that they hadn't even heard our
case FOR the continuance. It was
"nip & tuck", but then the Tree Commission agreed to hear
us. Very slowly it began to turn
around. There were several harrowing
moments when it could've gone either way. The tree commission debated
back & forth---
at this point I think all our prayers
weighed-in strongly! Thank you to so many
supporters of trees--and we felt the tide turn.
Now, it began to
seem like they were leaning increasingly toward granting the
continuance. Then, in a last ditch
effort to get
their case heard tonight, the HFH lawyer
argued unsuccessfully that I was out of order because of something I had
in my request for a continuance to the Tree
Commission. But, to no avail. We were finally granted the
I am still
wondering how it was that they even got ahold of our request for a
continuance since it wasn't sent to them.
It was sent exclusively to the arborist office
and to the tree commission members only, but there they were with
copies of MY request for a continuance
(which they obviously had studied and were ready to shoot down). But,
again, they were not
able to rush this through, and
tomorrow the trees will be safe for another day.
We want to thank our wonderful neighbors on
Harper Rd, stakeholders bordering the 11 acre forest, for being
you all of our dear friends who came to
the appeal, in person and in spirit, for holding the vision.
Especially thank you for your
prayers on behalf of the trees. Thank you
Atlanta Tree Commission for a fair and just
hearing. Today, the trees won!
Let us visualize everyone coming together in a
loving and creative way, in this situation and in the whole world. Let
people and nature living in mutual harmony and peace.
Let us hold the vision of a healthy and safe Atlanta, a healthy and
safe world, with ample tree canopy to provide a healthy
environment for all.
Tonight its raining in Atlanta, the trees are
loving it. We will sleep well. We feel great!
Michael and Cynthia, reporting on behalf of
the residents of Lakewood Heights and the
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