Adopt woodland BMPs as performance standards within development regulation, protecting wooded areas during the development process. This action is focused at the subdivision level and protection of tree stands (consistent with best practice planning action 6.4). Individual tree preservation ordinances should be reported under BP action 16.5
Identify high-value woodland areas within the community and adopt performance standards that maintain the natural system integrity of the woodland stands, supporting comprehensive plan action 6.4
Conduct an MLCCS natural resource inventory (consistent with action 1 of this best practice) and write natural resource design standards that protect woodland areas at the subdivision level, ensuring green corridor connections between individual stands or natural resources of different types.
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Burnsville has a Woodland Preservation Packet & Zoning Woodland Overlay District. The best management practices are listed in the attached PDF.
Since the early 1990's, the city's Comprehensive Plan as well as Zoning and Subdivision ordinances all prioritize the preservation of woodlands. The Comp Plan highlights the potential for greenways on undeveloped land where woodlands are present and can serve as future green corridors and the importance of woodlands being preserved in tact as a habitat and community resource. The Subdivision ordinance puts a premium on woodland preservation and requires an inventory and protection plan in addition to conservation easements to ensure permanent protection of the areas. Where existing woodlands are removed or there is a loss of trees that would otherwise be used to meet the canopy coverage retention requirement, the developer shall develop a woodland replacement plan. The zoning code encourages non-residential development to preserve woodlands as buffers to adjacent land uses and when tree planting is requiring placing trees in groupings as extensions of existing woodlands.
In 2008, the City of Minnetonka adopted the tree protection ordinance into the zoning ordinance. By City Code §300.28, Subd. 19 the purpose of the tree protection ordinance is to preserve to the largest practical extent possible as many of the city’s highly valued tree natural resources, ecosystems and view sheds while still allowing reasonable development to occur and not to interfere with a property owners reasonable use of their property. The tree protection ordinance restricts the amount of unnecessary tree loss by requiring mitigation for the removal of trees outside of the basic tree removal area. The basic tree removal area is 20 feet surrounding buildings. More restrictive tree removals and protection standards for subdivisions are implemented within woodland preservation areas. These areas are defined as ecosystems that are at least two acres in size and qualify and generally meet the criteria of one of several defined ecosystems within the ordinance and are mapped in the city’s Minnesota Land Cover Classification System. For more information please review the attached ordinance.
The Protected Resources chapter of the Arden Hills 2030 Comprehensive Plan includes a Natural Resource Inventory Map that is meant to help develop regulations to protect significant natural resources and to help make informed development decisions in places where significant resources are present. The Natural Resources Inventory Map includes several priority protection areas that include diverse woodland habitats.
Tree Preservation Ordinance #2014-25 was published 3-25-15 and goes into effect 7-1-15.The purpose is to preserve trees during the redevelopment process while still allowing reasonable development to occur and not to interfere with a property owners reasonable use of their property. The ordinance restricts the amount of unnecessary tree loss by requiring mitigation for the removal of trees outside of the basic tree removal area. The basic tree removal area is 10 foot radius of the building pad, deck or patio of a new or remodeled building as well as a 5 foot radius of driveways and parking areas. In these areas no mitigation is required.
The City of Mankato, with work overseen by the Environmental Committee, created, adopted, and enforces a Woodland Preservation ordinance. Proposed developments are reviewed for impacts to defined Wooded Areas as per the ordinance, and specific impact/replacement plans are required for review and consideration prior to any action being taken by Planning Commission or City Council for formal review/approval of development. Impacted trees must be replaced at minimum 2:1 ration.
Mounds View Code Chapter 1127 – Tree Preservation and Landscaping requires all development to identify, assess and preserve trees/woodlots and other natural amenities in the development process.
Further, Code Chapter 605 – Shade Tree Disease and Pest Control “maintains” those assets after the development occurs into perpetuity.
Finally, the City has recently completed identifying and mapping all of our Ash and Elm trees on public property as well as inventorying known Ash and Elm on private property. In the winter of 2019/2020 we have removed over 100 hundred diseased or “at-risk” trees as we are high risk due to infections in the community and number of trees. 20 Trees were replanted last Spring (2019) with a similar number scheduled for the Spring of 2020.
Our previous comprehensive plan as well as our proposed draft comprehensive plan has numerous goals to preserve and establish vegetative buffers, enhance appearance of properties as well as preservation of natural resources. Finally, the City is a recognized “Tree City USA”.
The City of St. Cloud has adopted in the Land Development Code (Zoning Ordinance) a Woodland Best Management Practice ordinance. This section identifies specific practices that should be followed when proposing development or redevelopment in a wooded area. These practices seek to protect large areas of forests, protect large and historic trees, avoid fragmenting forests, protecting understory, control exotic species and protect trees during construction among others.
The City Of Shakopee has a Tree Preservation Policy with the intent of regarding natural features such as woodlands and bluffs as part of the community's identity, attracting residents and businesses to the area. City Council recognizes that not protecting these assets would have a quantifiable economic, social and environmental loss. An objective of the city's comprehensive plan is to preserve, enhance, and maintain natural wooded areas within the city. The policy aims to achieve this objective by encouraging responsible land development through rewarding those who use creative site design and minimize the impact to existing landscape and neighborhood character.
Yes the City's Environmental Standards section of the Municipal Code (209) outlines tree preservation standards for new development and redevelopment:
Development shall be conducted so that the maximum number of trees, in particular landmark trees, are preserved by the clustering of structures in existing cleared areas and natural clearings, and the utilization of other site design techniques. Design of the site and construction activities shall be conducted in a manner to avoid likely injury to Landmark Trees.
A tree preservation plan shall be submitted. This plan shall identify the trees to be preserved on the site and the methods to be employed to insure that the identified trees are not damaged during construction. These methods must be acceptable to the City. Tree replanting plans are also required.
Tree protection measures are monitored throughout the construction process to ensure compliance.
Municipal Code Sec 27 Division 4 is Protection of Woodlands and provides “Tree Protection Standards” for developing and non-developing properties. The tree ordinance requires that replacement trees be planted when trees are removed during the development process.
As stated in Sec 27-40 (m), there is an incentive to protect contiguous wooded areas that include a large proportion of significant trees, the city will allow the following:
(1)Density transfer. Contiguous wooded areas shall be platted as outlots and dedicated at no cost to the city. These areas can be utilized for a density transfer or for a reduction in gross development area subject to area charges. Some or all of the density associated with the dedicated area may be transferred for use elsewhere in the project area at the sole discretion of the city consistent with an approved planned unit development in accordance with chapter 24, article IV. If allowed density for the outlot area is transferred elsewhere within the development, the outlot area will remain as part of the gross developable area for the purpose of calculating area charges, park dedication and other development fees. If the density transfer is not used, dedicated outlot areas will be subtracted from the gross development area for the purpose of calculating area charges, park dedication, and other development fees. Density calculations will be documented with a recorded document for future reference.
(2)Unit bonus. Projects that provide for dedication of contiguous wooded areas to the city over and above normal park dedication requirements may be eligible for a density bonus in accordance with the city's adopted density bonus policy.
City Code Chapter 152 - Natural Resources Management provides requirements for protecting natural areas including trees and wetlands. The code has strict requirements related to replacement of trees removed in connection with development and land disturbing activities.
A Tree Protection Ordinance exists in the city code within Chapter 11, Section 11.55. Developers must mitigate loss of trees and natural space during development. Tree impact is reviewed as part of the development review process for all projects.
The City code states that land alterations should maximum the amount of woodland preserved city-wide. Preliminary plat submissions are also required to identify trees by species, diameter, and condition. Woodland removal thresholds are set for all zoning districts. If developers remove more trees than the allowed threshold, they are required to plant new trees based on the City's reforestation standards (2007).
The Northwest Area's NRI identifies, classifies, and prioritizes protection of natural resources including woodland areas. The Northwest Area Ordinance (2008) and storm water erosion control plans protect woodland, wetlands, and storm basins by limiting disturbance based on the ordinary high water mark of public water.
Maplewood created a ordinance for the protection and preservation of their trees in the fall of 2006. Provided are some of the goals of the tree preservation ordinance.
"The city desires to protect the trees and woodlands in the City of Maplewood. Trees and woodlands provide better air quality, scenic beauty, protection against wind and water
erosion, natural insulation for energy conservation, and are beneficial in watershed management.
Trees and woodlands also provide wildlife habitat, privacy as screening, act as natural sound and
visual buffers, and increase property values. It is therefore the city's intent to protect, preserve,
and enhance the natural environment of Maplewood and to encourage a resourceful and prudent
approach to development in the city; thereby, promoting and protecting public health, safety,
and welfare of the citizens of Maplewood."
The City of Maplewood's large amounts of parks and open spaces make it difficult to fully monitor all land use. There has been a large amount of work done at understanding usage and high priority areas. This can be seen within Section 6 of the comprehensive plan concerning Parks, Trails and open Spaces as well as Chapter 7: concerning Natural resources. The integrity of these spaces is one of the main reasons that the city puts in so much effort into green practices as a whole.
Links to Maplewood Comprehensive Plan Chapters 6&7:
The city adopted a tree preservation ordinance in 2015. Section 4-3 (d) (4) of the City Code protects and preserves trees when new commercial, industrial, multiple family, and institutional development takes place.
Section 544.03, Subd.3 and 4 of the Zoning Code -landscaping and screening requirements - include extensive requirements for the identification and protection during development of existing on-site trees via landscape plans. Woodland areas, like Wood Lake Nature Center, will never be developed and will continue to be protected.
The City of St. Anthony has a vigorous forest management program. Tree preservation to the maximum extent is woven throughout the City ordinances. The City ordinance also specifies tree plantings in Section 152.182 - Landscaping.
The City adopted a tree preservation ordinance to consistently preserve the City's natural environment. The City's tree preservation ordinance requires developers to preserve and or replace trees they removed when developing an area.
Magney-Snively Park has an old growth forest that is identified as a high value woodland. Identifying and ranking plant communities across the city is a long term goal and has started at Hartley Nature Center and along the St Louis River.
A Forest Management Plan is currently being drafted to better guide forest management going forward.