Arlington legislative delegation not expecting traction on trees in 2019 (InsideNoVA)

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Activists have been incensed by a number of tree-removal efforts on residential lots that were being prepped for redevelopment, and were not satisfied when county staff and board members shrugged their shoulders and said they couldn’t do anything about it.

“You’re not listening to us,” Arlington Tree Action Group Barbara Wien told board members during one of the instances of verbal fisticuffs at board meetings.

(County Board members do have negotiating power when a developer comes in seeking higher zoning than a parcel currently has, but the county government’s powers are very constricted when it comes to “by-right” development that does not seek zoning changes, as is the case in most residential projects.)

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