Acres of protected oak trees....
destroyed by DR Horton in the race to build more homes in Fort Worth.
DR Horton is the greedy developer in this case. Ironically, DR Horton named this development Trinity Oaks, perhaps as a memorial to the over 100 trees DR Horton bulldozed down....in violation of their Urban Forestry permit.
DR Horton destroyed more trees than they were permitted and got busted when a concerned citizen called Urban Forestry and complained (and no, it wasn't me). And in the typical Fort Worth Way fashion, the developer appeared before the Urban Design Commission in November 2017, after-the-fact, asking for a waiver of the requirement to preserve 25% of the existing canopy of trees they already destroyed.
Fortunately for the citizens of Fort Worth who still value trees, the Urban Design Commission, expressed displeasure with what DR Horton did and asked a lot of questions DR Horton could not answer. The case was passed as a result and is reset for this Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10 AM.
What DR Horton did was unacceptable and we need to send a very clear message to DR Horton and other developers that destroying our trees won't be tolerated and there will be a consequence! DR Horton got greedy and cleared that land with the hopes of cramming as many single-family homes as they could on that property.
If you are able to attend the Urban Design Commission meeting this Thursday at 10 AM, please do. If you cannot attend, please send an email to the Urban Design Commission letting them know you support what they do and share their displeasure with DR Horton. Ask the Urban Design Commission to require DR Horton to plant, at the very least, 5 times the deficiency as an effort to mitigate the loss of those 100s of mature, protected trees. It won't bring the trees back but it might teach DR Horton a valuable lesson by requiring them to give up some of their precious lot space to plant trees.
Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference case # UFC 16-070.