Landscaping & Trees
Proposed Tree Ordinance Changes
The City has been working throughout the year to update its tree preservation and management plan, holding public meetings to seek comments on proposed changes to the tree ordinance.
On December 1, the City hosted a third virtual public meeting to give residents another opportunity to view proposed changes to the tree ordinance. At the meeting, staff made a short presentation and answered questions.
View the presentation: Landscape and Tree Preservation Ordinance Public Review | Watch the December 1 Meeting Playback
As part of the public engagement process, 1,882 people participated in an online survey seeking public input on three key aspects of the tree ordinance. View Tree Ordinance Survey Results
Tree Ordinance Presentation to City Council, Jan. 11, 2021 (PDF)
View current Tree Ordinance
View draft Tree Ordinance Section 19-6.2 (Landscaping, Buffering and Screening)
View draft Tree Ordinance Section 19-6.3 (Tree Protection and Replacement)
View the draft revisions for the Administrative Manual Appendix E
View the July public presentation | Watch the July Meeting Playback
Watch the August Meeting Playback
The Land Management Ordinance
Section 19-6.2 landscaping, buffering, and screening.of the City’s Land Management Ordinance was last updated in January, 2011. Additionally, the City has published several master plans and the following Sections which outline landscape requirements:
- 19-6.3 - Tree Protection
- 19-6.5 - Design Standards for Non-Residential Development
- 19-6.8 - Design Standards for Multifamily Residential Development
- 19-6.9 - Single-Family Residential Infill Standards
Whenever applicable, all Site Grading Permits are required to include the tables, details, and specifications provided below. This information should be included and formatted into the standard drawing set of plans that are submitted to the City.
Removing Trees on Private & Public Property
Protection of the existing tree cover is intended to preserve the aesthetic qualities of our community, preserve the natural environment and enhance developed environments, control runoff and protect our soils and water quality, protect wildlife corridors, and conserve energy.The Heritage and Historic Tree designations are in place to help protect some of our larger trees. A Heritage Tree is any tree 20" or greater in diameter and located within the setback. A Historic Tree is any tree 30" or greater in diameter and located within the setback. Removal of Heritage and Historic Trees typically requires mitigation and replacement, unless the tree is on an existing lot containing an existing single-family detached dwelling.
Additionally, trees planted as a part of an approved landscape plan must be maintained per ANSI A300 standards, and failure to do so may result in enforcement action by the City. A Tree Removal and Replacement Form is provided to help commercial and residential developments ensure their tree removals are done in accordance with the City’s requirements. More information about the tree protection regulation, please review section 19-6.3.2(C) of the Land Management Ordinance.
For more information, please contact the City’s landscape architect Edward Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City's Tree Fund program (PDF) offers the general public the opportunity to pay for the planting of new trees in our community. Possible locations may include within a park, public open space, along a greenway, or adjacent to a street. If you are a resident, business owner, or property owner interested in trees being planted along your street, the planting must occur within an existing space on public property.
Through the foundation, residents can donate money to have trees planted within a park, in a public open space, along a greenway, or in the public right-of-way on their street. Learn more about the Tree Fund
Tree Pruning Guidelines
Excessive pruning, topping, crape murder are unacceptable practices and will result in the property being in violation of the City’s Code of Ordinances. Such a violation will result in the property being noncompliant and the property owner will be required to plant new trees and shrubs in accordance with the current standards of the City’s ordinance. Please review the Tree Pruning Guidelines (PDF) prior to pruning trees or contracting tree pruning services.