City, homeowner in fight over trees
Resident removed junipers but didn’t get required permit.
thought he was just doing some safety maintenance.
But West Lake Hills officials say that he broke the law and that unless he replants trees he could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The city has one of the most restrictive tree ordinances in Central Texas, and Attal is accused of violating it. City officials said it is illegal to remove a tree in the city limits, living or dead, without a permit.
By contrast, the city of Austin requires a permit to cut down a tree on residential property only if the trunk is 19 inches in diameter or wider.
Attal, a well-known concert promoter, said that he cut down the dead junipers, also referred to as cedars,
Dead trees in West Lake Hills are marked for proper removal. The city says resident Charles Attal did not obtain necessary permits to remove several trees from his property.