Where does Palo Alto come down on solar vs trees ?
Original post made by TheShadowNeedsToKnow, Crescent Park, on Mar 3, 2011
Do homeowners have any right to the sunlight that falls on their properties in Palo Alto? What defines these rights and how are they enforced?
I would like to install solar panels on my roof, but my neighbor has a towering Redwood-type tree due north of our house that blocks the sunlight during most daylight hours on most of my lot, thus depriving me of sunlight and the ability to generate electricity, or even in the case now where I do not have solar panels or collectors I get very little sunlight and end up with a rather dark front yard where not much will grow.
I know how much Palo Alto seems to care about its "green" image and trees, but I don't get as much sunlight as I should because of this huge tree and was wondering if there is any regulation of this issue, and if so where can I find it?
Can anyone help me "see the light?" I love trees too, but this is just not fair.
By the way, the Eucalyptus trees in Eleanor park have all been removed now, and it does not look too bad, very spacious and bright now.