Homeowners sue Barrington Hills after tree dispute bars them from moving in - Barrington Courier-Review
"Homeowners have sued the village of Barrington Hills after being denied permission to move into their newly built mansion because of a dispute over the number of trees on the property. Najamul and Nausheen Hasan built a 9,200-square-foot estate on a five-acre lot they purchased in 2007, but they sued last week after they were recently denied an occupancy permit by the village. The Hasans claim in the suit that the village's tree ordinance — spelling out how builders must replace the trees that they remove during construction — is unconstitutional. They also say their civil rights are being violated, and that the matter is "of an emergency nature" because they have leased their residence in Hoffman Estates after being told by the village's building officer that they would be granted a temporary occupancy permit. The temporary permit for occupancy was later denied."
This complicated dispute about the number and species of trees that the Hasans are supposed to plant, to replace the ones they cut down during construction, all started when the president of the HOA contacted the village of Barrington Hills. She says she "speaks for the trees." Remember the Lorax, from Dr. Seuss? That's what he said. One of my favorite stories, by the way--not to take sides in this Barrington Hills tree saga.