Inconsistency #8: Where did all the trees go? (part 2)

What about the trees?

The Flat Rock village council FAQ on this question finishes the answer with:

  • NCDOT is sensitive to Flat Rock’s love of trees and has assured the Council it will preserve as many trees as possible.
  • NCDOT will replant some trees.
  • The Village will augment the NCDOT landscape allowance by planting of [sic] an increased number of larger trees.

We appreciate NCDOT’s assurances that they will preserve as many trees as possible, but construction is often a destructive business and there is no way to know how many trees in the project area NCDOT will be able to keep.

Once trees have been removed, NCDOT will replant some trees–saplings, not mature trees.

According to NCDOT’s own formula, the entire road project, from Spartanburg Highway to Greenville Highway, has a landscape allowance budget of $13,000 (NCDOT landscape allocation formula: 0.5% of the project budget of $2.6M).

Between The Park at Flat Rock and Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, there are potentially over 150 trees coming down on those two properties alone. The village and other property owners could try to negotiate with NCDOT for more landscape funding, but that is not guaranteed. Which leads to the final point, “The Village will augment the NCDOT landscape allowance by planting an increased number of larger trees”–and thereby incur more cost to the village taxpayers.

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2 thoughts on “Inconsistency #8: Where did all the trees go? (part 2)

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  1. If you want to see how the NCDOT keeps its promise on landscaping, take a look at Upward Road. Back in the planning stage they showed the medians planted with trees. Nothing there. After they get approval, they will have carte blanche to change and skimp on what they originally said they would do. No recourse…

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