Tree Policies and Regulations
The Town Council has recently adopted new policies and regulations related to trees. A Master Tree Plan and a Tree Conservation and Preservation Ordinance were created by an ad hoc tree committee appointed by the Town Council. The documents were then reviewed by the Planning Commission, and adopted by the Town Council. The Master Tree Plan has been adopted as an addendum to the Comprehensive Plan, and the Tree Conservation and Preservation Ordinance has been adopted as an ammendment to the Zoning Ordinance.

As a result of the newly adopted regulations, site plan submissions for any site development activity must include provisions for planting of trees to meet canopy coverage requirements. Commercial site plans must include provisions for ten percent tree canopy coverage, and residential site plans must include provisions for twenty percent tree canopy coverage. Canopy coverage is calculated based on projected canopy after twenty years of growth.

The new regulations are also intended to implement a no net loss policy for trees within the streetscape. A permit is required to remove a tree within the streetscape. In most cases, removed trees must be replaced with another tree.

The information above is only intended to provide an overview of new policies and regulations. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department with questions regarding the new requirements.

Recently Adopted Tree Documents

       
       
       

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