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Posted on: November 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Council Approves Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance

Tree Protection Ordinance

The City Council approved a residential tree protection and replacement ordinance on October 24, 2022, which implemented requirements for tree replacement on single-family residential lots with construction activities. 

Prior to this approved amendment, there was no existing ordinance to regulate tree removal and replacement on existing single-family residential lots. Tree conservation requirements for newly platted lots as part of a subdivision application allowed up to 85% tree removal without replacement.

The new ordinance applies to single-family residential lots with construction activities, including new subdivisions, new homes, or an increase in impervious surface area by 50% or more on existing lots. This ordinance does not apply to existing single-family lots that do not fall within these categories.

Overview of Tree Removal and Replacement Requirements

  • A Tree Protection and Replacement Plan must be filed with any demolition permit, permit for new single-family home, land disturbance permit or site improvement permit. 
  • The new ordinance requires 50% of existing trees that are (1) in fair or better condition and (2) at least 6-inches in diameter are to be retained.
  • For every one tree removed beyond the 50% minimum, a replacement tree must be planted. For every one tree removed beyond the 50% minimum that is greater than 20 inches in diameter, two replacement trees must be planted. 
  • If replacement trees cannot be planted due to site constraints, the applicant may instead make a payment to the City Forestry fund.
  • Trees removed within one year prior to the permit application must be documented in the submitted Tree Protection and Replacement Plan. 
  • Hazardous, dead or invasive trees may be removed without replacement.

For more information, contact the Department of Community Development at 314-872-2501.

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