MILTON, Ga. (CW News at 10)

PRESS RELEASE:

Educational event will be held Sept. 30 in City Hall and also via Zoom

MWant to know more about Milton’s new tree removal rules?

 

If so, you can learn whatever you need — and then some  — next Wednesday when the City hosts a workshop for homeowners about Milton’s new Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance.

 

The event will take place between 5 to 6 p.m. on September 30 in City Hall’s Council Chambers. Seats there have been spaced-out and masks will be made available (and strongly encouraged), among other COVID-19 precautions.

 

Attendance may be limited to allow for adequate social distancing. Regardless, people also have the option of attending via Zoom. The link for this particular meeting is https://zoom.us/j/99735182792; scroll below for instructions on using Zoom to participate. City staff also plan to stream this tree workshop live on the City of Milton’s Facebook page.

 

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to help citizens better understand Milton’s tree removal policy,” Community Development Director Parag Agrawal said. “Enhancing Milton’s tree canopy while preserving the city’s rural and equestrian character are this new ordinance’s primary objectives.”

 

Mayor Joe Lockwood and Council members approved the new Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance on August 3, capping a years-long process that incorporated feedback from residents, developers, City staff and elected officials. The goals include maintaining Milton’s diverse, abundant tree canopy balanced with a recognition of pastures and farmland’s importance to the city’s heritage. Officials also wanted the ordinance to be effective with simple, clear language and the least amount of regulation possible.

 

The Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance went into effect immediately after its passage, though people can apply it or the City’s other density-based tree ordinance through November 30, 2020. After that date, the Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance will be the only option.

 

The City of Milton has created a special webpage — https://www.cityofmiltonga.us/government/community-development/tree-removal — with information about the new Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance. This page includes a rundown of key points for homeowners, as well as a corresponding section for developers. City staff will invite members of this latter group for another educational event, geared specifically to them, on October 14.

 

If you have questions about the Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance or about Milton’s tree policies and procedures in general, please contact City Arborist Sandra Dewitt at 678-242-2552 or sandra,dewitt@cityofmiltonga.us.

 

 

 

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE ON ZOOM

 

People can attend the September 30 Tree Canopy Conservation Workshop in person at City Hall. The space has been reconfigured, masks are available, and other measures have been taken there to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

 

Anyone should be able to watch it, too, on the City of Milton’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/thecityofmiltonga/, using the Facebook Live feature.

A third option is to both watch and “participate” over Zoom. Here’s how to do so:

BEFORE THE MEETING …

Download Zoom

You can do this now and don’t have to wait until the day of the meeting.

On a computer:

+ In a Web browser, go to https://zoom.us/download, click on “Zoom Client for Meetings,” and follow the prompts.

+ In a Web browser, you can click on this webinar link — https://zoom.us/j/95362784459 — and again, follow the prompts. This should launch the app.

 

On a smartphone:

+ Go to your “App Store” (or wherever you get applications), enter Zoom, and download/get the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” app.

 

THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP…

Give yourself at least 10 minutes before the meeting starts to log on and make sure the technology is working for you.

 

‘Join’ the workshop

On a computer using Zoom:

+ Click on the meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/99735182792

 (Or enter this Webinar ID in your Zoom app: 99735182792)

+ If you’ve already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.

+ If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app yet, a small application file will open. It may take a little time to process.

 

On a smartphone using Zoom:

+ Click on the meeting link:  https://zoom.us/j/99735182792

+ If you’ve already downloaded the Zoom app, it should launch automatically.

+ If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app yet, you’ll be prompted to download it when you click on the link. Download the app.

 

On a phone not using Zoom:

+ Dial this number: 1-929-205-6099. The Webinar ID is 99735182792.

You should be able to hear the meeting (once it starts) as well as participate, even if you won’t have all the same options as someone who downloaded Zoom.

 

Follow and participate in the workshop

On a computer or smartphone using the Zoom app:

+ When the workshop starts, you should be able to see and hear City staff.

+ There will be opportunities for make comments and ask questions that will be referenced during the workshop.

If you have technical or procedural questions before or during the meeting, you can ask them using the Q&A component in the Zoom app.

 

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