Council to Discuss View Law Oct. 7

A much-debated ordinance designed to help residents solve disputes over views blocked by trees or other foliage will be back Oct. 7 for further consideration by the City Council.

The council Tuesday held the latest in a series of public hearings on the view and sunlight access preservation ordinance, which outlines steps resident can take to try to resolve view problems. City leaders had already stripped the ordinance of its most controversial provision, a declaration that residents have a “right” to a view.

The question of what, if anything, the city should do to help residents preserve their views has sparked considerable debate. View preservationists say that property values shrink as unwieldy foliage begins to infringe upon views. Tree lovers have insisted that the foliage deserves protection.