Kansas Supreme Court hears Bethany Place case Involving TEC parish Clearing Trees

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments Monday morning in a local case with statewide implications for historic preservation.

Topeka attorney Pedro Irigonegaray, arguing for the neighborhood group Friends of Bethany Place, told the court that the Topeka City Council made an “arbitrary and capricious” decision when it voted 9-0 to allow an Episcopal church to clear the trees from the historic grounds nearby and build a 43-spot parking lot.

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Posted April 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Already left wrote:

The 2010 chart shows around 300 attendance at 2 services. Aren’t 45 parking places enough?

April 16, 7:08 pm | [comment link]
2. Interesting23 wrote:

interesting !

April 17, 2:28 am | [comment link]
3. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Why are these particular trees considered to have historic merit/value?

Trees have a natural life.  I have trees in my woodlot which have reached maturity and which will be blown down because of their height or naturally die in the next few years.  I intend to harvest them like any other crop.

And then, there are trees that have been planted and fifty or 100 years later become an sightly mess that can endanger buildings.

And finally, is this a case of ‘tree idolatry’ on the part of the part of some ‘green movement’ people.

April 17, 7:36 am | [comment link]
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