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  • Tree Placement and Spacing Standards
    A. Streets without Planting Strips (i.e. without sidewalks):

    • Check with DPW for sidewalk or curbing plans.
    • Locate trees as far as possible from road edge but no closer than 2 feet from Right-of Way edge.

    B. Streets with Planter Strips (and sidewalks) without curbs:

    • Minimum planter strip width approximately 8' - varies with planting strip condition and width stability.

    C. Streets with Planter Strips, Sidewalks, and Curbs:

    • Minimum planter strip width 4'.

    D. Minimum Distances from Structures, Intersections, Utilities and other fixtures

    • Curbing - 2'
    • Sidewalks - 2'
    • Driveways - 8'
    • Sewer lines - 5'
    • Water lines - 5'
    • Gas lines - 5'
    • Underground Electric or Cable lines - 5'
    • Fire Hydrants - 10'
    • Street Lights - 25-35'
    • Traffic Control Signs - 30'
    • Residential Street Intersections - 30'
    • Major Street Intersections - 50' 
    • Structural Walls - 10'

    E. Tree placement with respect to Utility wires, conduit and poles

    • Street Side wires (pole to pole): only low growing trees will be planted under electrical wires
    • Utility Service wires (pole to house): 3' minimum offset.
    • Utility Poles: 10' minimum offset
    • Underground conduit/cable: 5' minimum offset

    F. Spacing between young trees based on size at maturity:

    • Large Growing Trees 50' Ideal, 40' minimum
    • Medium Growing Trees 40' Ideal, 30' minimum
    • Low Growing Trees 30' Ideal, 25' minimum

    Species Restrictions
    There will be no use of fast-growing, brittle-wooded trees species in City Right-of-Ways. Experience has shown that these trees are sources of extraordinary storm damage and related maintenance problems. Specifically, the following species cannot be planted or allowed to exist as young individuals in City Right-of-Ways:

    A. Cottonwood - Populus deltoids
    B. Carolina Poplar - Populus Canadensis eugenei
    C. Species and Varieties of Weeping Willow - Salix alba tristis, ect.
    E. Black Willow - Salix nigra
    F. Silver Maple - Acer saccharinum
    G. Box elder - Acer negundo
    H. Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissima
    I. Any Coniferous species (evergreens)

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    Tree Species Planted

    TREE SPECIES PLANTED

     
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    Forestry FAQ's

    FORESTRY FAQ's

     
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    Forestry Overview

    FORESTRY OVERVIEW

     
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    Permits

    pdf icon TREE PLANTING PERMIT
    pdf icon TREE REMOVAL/PRUNING PERMIT

     
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