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Yorktown Seeks to Amend New Tree Law

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A proposed amendment to Yorktown’s recently enacted tree law will include town-owned land under the provisions of the law.

The town board enacted the new law last September after it voted to repeal the existing 2010 ordinance. The proposed law was met with resistance from many who spoke at the two-hour-long public hearing on the matter.

Among the criticism was the exclusion of about 3,500 acres of town-owned properties in the new law.

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The amendment proposed at the May 8 work session more specifically details which properties are subject to the provisions of the law under chapter 270-4 of the Town Code.

Currently the section titled, “Permit required,” reads, “A permit under this chapter shall be required for the following activities.” The proposed amendment, titled, “Activities where a permit is required,” reads, “The provisions of this section shall apply to all property in town, whether privately owned, publicly owned, or held in common by homeowners’ associations. A permit under this chapter shall be required for the following activities.”

A public hearing is scheduled for June 20.

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