The purpose of this Notice is to inform the building industry, and other interested customers, about clarification of several changes made regarding tree requirements as part of the implementation of Section 3-9-100: Buffers, Landscaping, and Tree Requirements, which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on April 28, 2015. This Notice serves as clarification of several changes made to Section 3-9-100.3: Tree Requirements which will take effect as of November 1, 2015 as follows:
• Tree surveys have always been required for tree permit applications for new development. This policy has been clarified to state that tree surveys for new development must be completed by a certified arborist, or signed and sealed by a registered engineer, landscape architect, surveyor, or other similar professional. This clarification was made to ensure a higher level of accuracy for tree size, location, and per-caliper-inch fees. This has always been required for new development on commercial and multi-family properties, and tree surveys have always been required for new development of single-family properties. This policy is in line with regulations in neighboring jurisdictions.
• The fee of $1 per caliper inch for removal of trees has been clarified to re-include all properties, including single-family residential. Resolution 92-179 established the $1 per caliper inch fee for all tree removal permits, regardless of land use.
• Heritage Tree removal fees have changed from $1 per caliper inch removed to $150 per DBH inch removed. This change, in addition to clarifying the measurement to determine Heritage Tree status and clarifying preservation exemptions, was made in order to further promote the protection of Heritage Trees. These changes are in line with regulations in neighboring jurisdictions.
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