The new oaks, which have the benefit of irrigation, are one element of a remediation program to reforest the slope, part of an agreement negotiated in April 2013 between Mr. Douglass and the council. The agreement included a $75,000 fine for the downed trees and $150,345 to cover costs of replanting and maintaining the plantings over the succeeding five years, officials said at the time.
The weather has not been helpful, Town Planner Tom Vlasic said, adding that staff would be monitoring the program as it proceeds. There are "several more very hard checkpoints ahead" for Mr. Douglass, he said.
Mr. Vlasic summarized for the council the successes so far and the work still to be done on the remediation effort. The council voted 5-0 to open the door to Mr. Douglass to present his building plans to the Architectural and Site Control Commission. "I'm willing to release the hammer-hold on their head(s)," Councilwoman Maryann Moise Derwin said before the vote.
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