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Front Yard Trees
A front yard tree is a tree that is located in the area that is between the front property line and the front facade of the house.

All trees must be planted to ANSI A300 standards and be 1.5-inches in caliper.  Trees planted must be an approved species and cannot be a prohibited tree.  The list of prohibited trees is located here

To confirm the location and tree species a tree planting permit is required.  The application is available here and should be turned into the Community Development Department located on the second floor of City Hall.

Tree Care and Protection
Trees must be protected during all types of construction.  Protective fencing must be placed at the drip line of all trees that may be impacted during construction.  The ground areas within the drip line shall be undisturbed from its pre-construction state.

Each front yard tree that is removed must be replaced in a manner that meets the new ordinance.  An electively removed front yard tree is between 6-inches in diameter as measured at 4.5-feet off the ground but less than the heritage tree standard for that species.  If you think the tree might be large enough to be classified as a heritage tree please review the heritage tree list here.  

Replacement Requirements
Front yard trees must be replaced at a rate of 25% of the DBH of each tree removed.  For example, to remove a 12-inches DBH American Elm tree one would multiply 12 by 0.25, which equals 3.  Therefore, 3 inches of replacement tree is required.  In this scenario, two 1.5-inch caliper trees must be planted. 

If the tree(s) cannot be replaced reasonably on the property then the property owner must pay into the tree fund.  The cost of tree replacement is $100.00 per 1-inch of replacement tree required.  In this scenario, if the trees cannot be planted on the property the property owner would have to pay $300.00 into the tree fund.

If the only part of the required tree replacement can be placed on the property, then the remaining portion shall be paid into the tree fund.  For example, in the scenario above, if one tree can be placed on the property then the remaining 1.5-inches of replacement would have to be paid into the tree fund at a cost of $150.00.

If a tree is a prohibited tree as defined here, it is exempt from replacement requirements.  If an ISA certified arborist confirms in a condition and risk assessment that the tree is dead the tree is exempt from replacement requirements.