By Rafael Aquino

Published September 25, 2019  


Unfortunately, with this kind of law that only true predictor, if it was right or wrong, will be time. I have to disagree with Eric's statement on Friday that communities should fall under the residential language because I get concerned with abuse by residents and boards alike. Don’t get me wrong if a tree is on your property and is impacting your property, its structure, plumbing, etc. you should have the right to remove it. However, if an association had the same rights, the word "dangerous" is just too vague and needs further clarification. While an arborist or a landscape architect must provide a letter, we all know that you find someone that can find a way to define dangerous to the benefit of the client and not the overall ecosystem. 


If protections didn’t exist, I could already see many newer communities being built today which are filled with young oak trees abusing this law in a couple of years. Why? Simple, many of these communities have oak trees planted in-between townhomes and on swales which measure less than three feet. Once the trees mature and roots grow larger, they will start lifting sidewalks and driveways. This can be defined as dangerous, as it can be a trip hazard however would you agree that all trees should be removed and nothing replaced? I don't! Someone has to keep a close eye with these kinds of situation, if not the abuse can get rampant and communities wholly changed in an instant.

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