City Council Regular Meeting
As stated in the UDC, City Council from time to time, on its own motion or at the recommendation of staff, may consider amendments to the UDC to maintain stable and desirable development. As part of the charge of the joint City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Subcommittee to review single family development standards, the Subcommittee also considered a few other matters. One of these is the question of whether to cap the maximum amount of tree mitigation.
Staff is proposing to add a section that caps the maximum amount of mitigation per acre at 100 inches or $10,000. As was discussed at the Subcommittee, the current ordinance regarding tree mitigation generally works well to accomplish the purpose and intent as outlined in that section, except in the situations of heavily wooded lots. In these cases, despite the best efforts of the developer to save trees, they often have to remove a significant number of trees. The mitigation can amount to more than $50,000 per acre. As such, staff is proposing to cap the amount of mitigation per acre.
The amount of tree mitigation per acre is capped at 100 inches per acre. For properties where the trees are generally clustered, staff has the discretion to define the acreage of the property as an area extending 20’ beyond the tree canopy of the cluster in determining the acreage.
Council approved this item on first reading at their meeting of April 12, 2022.
Update the City's UDC to better support the goals and objectives of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Provides for high quality development meeting the goals of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED ACTION
Approval of Ordinance 22-S-18 Amending the UDC to cap the maximum amount of tree mitigation.
At the March 9, 2022 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the Commission voted 5 to 1 in favor the amendment.
This ordinance would reduce the amount of mitigation required on heavily wooded lots and is anticipated to reduce the amount of tree mitigation the City receives.
Approval of Ordinance 22-S-18 on final reading.
Ord 22 S 18 Tree Mitigation
Redline Ordinance Change
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