Tree girth total finally reached and approved! / by Scott Newland


This morning, at long last, the City of Minneapolis planning inspector signed off on our total tree girth (18" total required) and our building permit will get its finally approval and closure.  This has been a frustrating milestone for us to comply with, as our lot is small, there was only one small tree on it to start with, and we wanted to be careful not to shade future photovoltaic panels or our neighbors any more than necessary.

We planted 13 trees in all, although at least 5 of them are smaller ornamentals and/or arborvitae accents.  It won't be Fangorn Forest in years to come, however, as whatever trees that actually live will be trimmed and otherwise managed to meet the city's requirements while maintaining a reasonable balance.