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Thomasville homeowners complain about tree cutting

January 12, 2007

Thomasville-- Old Monticello road in Thomasville is known for being a beautifully wooded area. A family who's lived in the neighborhood says in the 1980s a subdivision was built across from their neighborhood. They say the developer agreed to leave a 50 foot buffer of natural vegetation.

Now they say the agreement's been broken by a new neighbor, and the city won't do anything about it.

Jean Pafford has loved living in her home just off Monticello Road for nearly 40 years. Part of her enjoyment comes from the natural beauty of the area.

Now they say that beauty's being destroyed.  "All the sudden there was nothing there," says Pafford.

In the late 1980s the Fairways subdivision was built on Old Monticello Road.  Pafford says at a meeting at the time, they were promised a fifty-foot buffer would be left between the subdivision and the road, and that it would be "natural growth. That it would the native trees and all the growth that was there and you'd never be able to see that there was anything back there," says Pafford.

Between a new neighbor's construction, and the city clearing out shrubs for drainage purposes, all of the vegetation in one area is gone.

The homeowners are complaining, but the city say's there's nothing they can do.  Thomasville's city engineer, John Wood says "a 50 ft buffer could be a grassed area, type situation, it could be a planted area. It doesn't necessarily mean the original vegetation there."

A privacy fence was set up with some small bushes planted in front, but homeowners say it's not enough.

A sign welcomes you to the scenic entrance of Thomasville.  But homeowners along Old Monticello Road are concerned about what will happen if more fences go up, and natural vegetation comes down.

"There's been so much stuff that's been taken out that makes us look ordinary," says Pafford.  

"We acknowledge the problem, but we feel that we've come with the best compromise we can," says Wood.

The city says its only a temporary situation.  In three years they say the new vegetation along the privacy fence will grow back how it was, but the homeowners say, it will never be the same. 

Wood says the city will continue to monitor the property and make sure the homeowner complies with all of the ordinances.



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