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The Town requires a resident to obtain a permit to remove any tree measuring 24 inches in circumference at 4.5 feet
above the ground. Once an application is received, the Town will post notice of the application on the property, and the
arborist will inspect each tree requested to be removed. If the arborist determines that the tree is not a canopy tree, as
listed on the attached page, the Town will issue a removal permit without conditions.
If the tree is a canopy tree, the arborist determines whether the tree is dying, dead, in danger of falling, or a hazard to the
safety of persons or property. If the arborist finds one of these conditions to exist, a removal permit will be issued without
conditions. If the arborist does not find one of these conditions to exist, the Town Manager will consult with the applicant
and will review all available information to determine whether the tree meets the standards for removal.
If the Town Manager issues a removal permit for a tree that the Town arborist does not find meets a standard for removal,
the applicant will be required to plant a replacement tree for each tree removed or pay an impact fee of $750 per tree.
Most trees approved for removal have a seven day posting requirement before the tree can be removed. If the Town
Manager denies a removal permit, the property owner may appeal that decision to the Town Council.
I would like an in-person consultation with the arborist prior to the Town’s formal review of the request.
I believe that the tree(s) is/are dead, dying, in danger of falling, or hazardous to the safety of persons or property. Additional information can be provided below, or attached.
A canopy tree is defined as a tree with a trunk that measures at least twenty-four (24) inches in circumference at four and
one-half (4½) feet above ground and of one of the following species: Green Ash; White Ash; American Beech; English
Elm; European Beech; Bald Cypress; American Elm; Franklinia; Ginkgo; Hackberry; Bitternut Hickory; Mockernut
Hickory; Pignut Hickory; Shagbark Hickory; American Holly; Honeylocust; Katsura; American Linden; Southern
Magnolia; Virginia Magnolia; Black Maple; Red Maple; Sugar Maple; London Planetree; Black Oak; Blackjack Oak;
Chestnut Oak; Overcup Oak; Persimmon; Pin Oak; Post Oak; Northern Red Oak; Sawtooth Oak; Southern Red Oak;
Scarlet Oak; Shingle Oak; White Oak; Swamp White Oak; Willow Oak; Tulip Poplar; American Sycamore; Sweetgum;
Blackgum (Tupelo); Black Walnut; and Yellowwood.
An applicant who is denied a permit by the Town Manager may appeal the decision by filing a written appeal to the Town Council within 30 days of the Town Manager’s denial of the permit application. Upon receipt of an appeal, at least 15 days prior to the hearing, the Town Manager will issue a notice of public hearing to all adjacent and confronting
properties and post a Notice of Public Hearing sign on the property. At the hearing, the Town Council may affirm the denial of a permit, may direct the Town Manager to issue a permit, or may direct the Town Manager to issue a permit
upon such conditions, terms, or restrictions as the Council may deem necessary to accomplish the intent and purposes of Chapter 29 of the Town Code.
Factors to be Considered
The Town Council shall consider the following factors in deciding whether to approve or deny a request for a Tree Removal Permit for a tree that does not qualify for removal under Chapter 29-6 of the Town Code.
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