This theme is concerned with the greenery and other living features that make our built areas more pleasant and more compatible with surrounding open space.
- The county routinely waters during the middle of the day, which is in violation of Water Rule W-8 and sets a bad example.
- The Aspen School renovation destroyed 25% of the trees on campus, including 50% or more on the playground.
- Excessive salting of streets for snow and ice negatively impacts landscaping and open space.
- Routine use of herbicides for weed control puts people and pets at risk and may be excessive for the benefits gained.
- Routine vehicle parking on vacant lots kills existing plants and, by compacting the soil, makes it harder to grow new plants in the future.
Potential future issues
- The upcoming roundabout on Trinity Drive is an opportunity to improve the urban forest.
- The recent Central Avenue re-build removed all the trees instead of incorporating them into the new design, setting us back over a decade in the wait for a mature canopy.