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Tree Ordinance Review & Tree Canopy Goal

About the Tree Ordinance Review and Tree Canopy Goal:

The City Council Priorities for FY19 included goals to review the City’s Tree Ordinance policies and procedures, as well as formulate a tree canopy goal for the city. Among the areas for focused attention are efforts to preserve and grow the tree canopy through programs and education and identify opportunities for tree retention, maintenance and growth.

Current Project Status

The Council held the first work session discussion on the topic on October 24, 2018 to establish their strategy for moving the effort forward. The Council intends to provide various opportunities for public input and comments through a public forum, Council work sessions and an online comment form (linked to this project page). Of particular interest is hearing about residents’ experiences with the current Tree Ordinance as well as recommendations for modifications.

Keeping with the strategy to provide an opportunity for various public input, a Tree Ordinance Survey was created. Please click the link below to take the survey.

Survey:  Tree Ordinance Survey 

Project Lead & Contact Info:

For Ordinance and Tree related questions:
Urban Forest Manager, Jan van Zutphen janvz@takomaparkmd.gov, 301 891 7612
For Council Schedule and public comment questions:
City Clerk, Jessie Carpenter, jessiec@takomaparkmd.gov, 301 891 7267

Project Information & Timeline

The schedule for public meetings, including Council work sessions, has not yet been determined. Meeting announcements will be added to this page as they are scheduled.

Budget & Funding Source:

The Urban Forest Division budget is included in the Public Works Departmental Budget.
The possible impact of changes to the ordinance or the establishment of a tree canopy goal is unknown at this time. Additional funding to facilitate any changes would be at the discretion of the City Council and usually be developed as part of the annual budget process.

Links & Notes

October 24, 2018 Council Work Session Discussion
Newsletter Articles: Tree Ordinance, Tree Canopy, and Outreach Improvements

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