A Buckhead man charged more than $50,000 for trees removed on his property is working towards an agreement with the city of Atlanta.

Evan Hardin, of 680 Mountain Way, said his attorney is negotiating with Atlanta officials after the city postponed his June 15 hearing with the Atlanta Tree Conservation Commission.

“The city has postponed it until Aug. 18,” Hardin said. “We’re probably going to settle before that. Otherwise we’ll go to court.”

He said he is prepared for a legal battle if his fines are upheld.

“We’ll take it to the Supreme Court because of unconstitutionality,” Hardin said. “We’re willing to take it all the way through to rewrite the code. It’s ridiculous.”

Hardin said he did not cut down the trees on his property. He believes they were removed by a neighbor building a house on the adjacent property. Hardin has appealed his fine of $52,770.