The City’s Unified Development Code, Chapter 167: Tree Preservation and Protection requires developers to replace trees removed below the required percentage on construction projects. When replacement (mitigation) trees are required, they must be planted prior to receiving final plat approval or a certificate of occupancy depending on the type of project.
When trees can’t be planted in the timeframe required, the developer may be allowed to plant mitigation trees on other property owned by them or deposit the amount equal to the cost of purchasing and installing the trees with the City.
These funds are placed into an escrow account which is used to plant trees in the project’s rights-of-way after the project is built out. If it is not feasible to plant the trees in the subdivision, they may be planted in other areas as designated by Chapter 167.