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Opinion: Why Forsyth County's proposed changes to tree, erosion ordinances are necessary
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Construction crews clear land on Keith Bridge Road on Monday, Jan. 8 2019 that will become The Orchards of Central Park, a 160-home development marketed to the 55-and-older community. - photo by Brian Paglia

I totally disagree with Mr. Phil Dacosta’s letter in the Sunday, Dec. 1 issue of the Forsyth County News where he takes issue with the Board of Commissioners proposed stricter requirements to the Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance and the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Ordinance.

As a conservative, I would think that Mr. Dacosta would support the changes because they are the right thing to do ecologically: protecting the beauty of the landscape, and limiting the decimation of properties, like the former Lanier Golf Course, in favor of hundreds of new homes.

The proliferation of developments like these with small lots and no mature trees or bushes make our county a less desirable place to live by adding to our already bad traffic conditions, overcrowded schools, and infrastructure problems. This is what causes decreased home values.

To support our tax base, the Board of Commissioners should further tighten our ordinances and concentrate on commercial instead of more residential development.

Robert Zimmer

Cumming