10.134 Replacement of Removed or Seriously Injured Trees

If the tree removal application is approved, one or more healthy replacement trees must be planted in accordance with the following requirements.

     (1)     Quantity.  The total caliper of replacement trees must equal or exceed the total caliper of the protected trees removed or seriously injured.
  • Revise to require replacement trees for Heritage Trees to equal or exceed three times the caliper inches of such tree.
  • Revise to require replacement trees for Historic Trees to equal or exceed five times the caliper inches of such tree.
     (2)     Species.  A replacement tree must be one of the following trees, and no one species of tree may constitute more than 30 percent of the replacement trees planted on a lot or tract.
    
                 APPROVED REPLACEMENT TREES
SCIENTIFIC NAME                            COMMON NAME
Acer barbatum var. Caddo                        Caddo Maple
Acer grandidentatum                                Bigtooth Maple
Acer buergerianum                                   Trident Maple
Carya illinoensis                                       Pecan
Cercis canadensis                                      Redbud
Chilopsis linearis                                       Desert Willow
Diospyros texana                                       Texas Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana [male only]                 Common or American Persimmon
Fraxinus americana                                    White Ash
Fraxinus texensis                                       Texas Ash
Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis              Thornless Honeylocust
Gymnocladus dioicus                                 Kentucky Coffeetree
Ilex decidua                                              Possumhaw or Deciduous Holly
Ilex vomitoria                                           Yaupon Holly
Juglans microcarpa                                    Texas Black Walnut
Juniperus ashei                                          Ashe Juniper
Juniperus virginiana                                   Eastern Red Cedar
Lagerstroemia indica                                 Crepe Myrtle
Liquidambar styraciflua                              Sweetgum
Magnolia grandiflora                                   Southern Magnolia
Pinus eldarica                                             Eldarica, Mondell, or Afghan Pine
Pinus nigra                                                 Austrian or Black Pine
Pinus thunbergii                                         Japanese Black Pine
Pistacia chinensis                                       Chinese Pistachio
Prosopis glandulosa                                    Mesquite
Prunus mexicana                                        Mexican Plum
Quercus buckleyi                                       Texas Red Oak
Quercus durandii                                       Durrand Oak
Quercus fusiformis                                     Escarpment Live Oak
Quercus macrocarpa                                   Bur Oak
Quercus muhlenbergii                                 Chinkapin Oak
Quercus shumardii                                     Shumard Oak
Quercus virginiana                                     Live Oak
Sapindus drummondii                                Western Soapberry
Sideroxylon lanuginosum                            Chittamwood or Gum Bumelia
Sophora affinis                                          Eve's Necklace
Taxodium ascendens                                  Pond Cypress
Taxodium distichum                                  Bald Cypress
Ulmus crassifolia                                       Cedar Elm
Ulmus parvifolia                                        Lacebark Elm
Viburnum rufidulum                                   Rusty Blackhaw

  • Revise to move the “Approved Replacement Tree” listing to the Technical manual.
     (3)     Location.  The replacement trees must be planted on the lot from which the protected tree was removed or seriously injured, except as otherwise allowed by Section 51A-10.135.  Replacement trees may not be planted within a visibility triangle, a water course, or an existing or proposed street or alley.

     (4)     Minimum size.  A replacement tree must have a caliper of at least two inches.

     (5)     Timing.
          (A)     Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraphs (B) and (C), all replacement trees must be planted within 30 days after the removal or serious injury of the protected trees.

          (B)     If the property owner provides the building official with an affidavit that all replacement trees will be planted within six months, the building official may permit the property owner to plant the replacement trees during the six-month period.

          (C)     If the property owner provides the building official with a performance bond or a letter of credit in the amount of the total cost of purchasing and planting replacement trees, the building official may permit the property owner up to 18 months to plant the replacement trees, with the following restrictions:

               (i)     for single family or multifamily developments, at least 50 percent of the total caliper of replacement trees must be planted before 65 percent of the development has received a final building inspection or a certificate of occupancy, and all replacement trees must be planted prior to the completion of the development; and

               (ii)     in all other cases, the replacement trees must be planted prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

          (D)     A replacement tree that dies within two years of the date it was planted must be replaced by another replacement tree that complies with this section.  (Ord. Nos. 22053; 25155)
  • Revise to require a performance bond or letter of credit in the amount of the total cost of purchasing and planting replacement trees for all mitigation.

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