City of Lufkin considers tree preservation

By Jena Johnson - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Saving trees while Lufkin grows is a top item on the city council's agenda.

The goal is to preserve existing trees and incorporate them in commercial sites. The ordinance would not effect residential properties. The planning and zoning commission will be discussing the proposed ordinance at next week's city council meeting.

"We believe it's a happy medium between preserving our trees and our heritage, but not getting in the way of future growth of the city," Mayor Jack Gorden said. "It's a great compromise."

Under the proposed ordinance, the minimum requirement is one tree every 500 square feet and one shrub every 200 square feet. The city encourages business owners, developers and residents to learn more about the plan at next week's meeting.

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