City, home­owner in fight over trees

Res­i­dent re­moved ju­nipers but didn’t get re­quired per­mit.

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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,

RALPH BARRERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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