Tree Preservation Policies and Procedures:
Enhanced identification of tree save areas
February 28, 2005
Board of Supervisors has strongly supported the implementation
of existing tree preservation ordinances and has consistently
worked to strengthen state tree preservation legislation.
In keeping with the Board's strong support of tree preservation,
I have recently identified an opportunity for the County
to strengthen its tree preservation policies and procedures.
During my first year as Providence District Supervisor
I have seen the development of several by right and
rezoned properties. During the land development process
developers often are too optimistic when identifying
tree save areas and/or too conservative when identifying
the amount of root system area that is actually needed
to preserved mature trees. The county can and must do
a better job to ensure that proffered tree preservation
areas are viable, and that developer pledges to preserve
trees are realistic.
that end I move that the Board direct the County Urban
Forester and the Department of Planning and Zoning to
work with a sub-group of the Tree Commission to review
and strengthen the policies and procedures of the identification
of tree save areas and the marking of the limits of
clearing and grading.