Homeowners concerned over loss of trees, greenspace

Residents blame developers in county property

Published On: Aug 21 2013 03:22:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2013 04:41:49 PM CDT

New development at the Alamo Ranch Subdivision in Northwest Bexar County has raised concerns with homeowners, who say some of the most scenic properties in the area are losing their views because trees are being clear-cut from the land.

Valeska Gonzalez said the construction has turned her scenic greenbelt view into a flat, stripped land full of bulldozers.

"I bought this house because I was told it was going to be greenbelt back there and now there are tractors in my backyard," she said.

Although the construction is a sign of growth and progress, some homeowners are concerned about the way it's being done.

Construction crews are stripping the land and sacrificing many large oak trees in the process, they say.

"The first day I saw a tractor back there, I started making phone calls to see if I could find out who was doing this and what the plan was for back in that area," said Gonzalez.

The work is being done by Centex and Pulte Homes.

Inside the city of San Antonio, there is a tree preservation ordinance but there is no such rule in Bexar County.

"It would be nice if they left more trees," said homeowner David Langas.

He hopes the greenspace in his backyard won't be the next to be stripped.

"It would upset me because they told me it was going to stay a greenspace," he said.

KSAT attempted to contact Pulte Homes, which also owns Centex and Del Webb Homes, but as of the time of this publication, they had yet to respond.

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