Future developers may have to do more to save existing trees on their property. The City Council is considering a new ordinance aimed at urging developers to preserve trees.
Layton Director of Community and Economic Development Scott Carter said many other cities already have this type of ordinance."It's been an ongoing problem," he said, explaining the last straw came when property at 478 W. Antelope Drive lost some 30 trees to make way for a new automobile service center.
"They just wiped them out," Carter said.
Carter said the proposed ordinance would require developers to inventory all existing trees on their property.
"That's what happens when you sell your property," Ryan Layton said, explaining it is sad to drive by the site he once owned.
Layton was able to salvage about 10 smaller trees, but the rest - some as old as 38 years - were razed.