ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany leaders want to preserve more trees in the city.
City officials approved changes to a tree ordinance that will preserve more trees.
Tuesday commissioners approved changes to the tree ordinance.
Developers must now apply for a timber harvesting permit notifying officials of plans to remove trees.
City officials said it's a way to prevent clear cutting and let folks who live or work nearby that trees are being cut down.
"They do at least have to fill out a form and tell us what they're doing and what their activities are. We can also look at it and make sure that they're not damaging our infrastructure which is the city streets and they are not going to impact other properties surrounding where they are going to do their timber harvesting," said Bruce Maples Director of Engineering.
Failure to get the permit could lead to fines of up to $500.