Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Decatur Tree Ordinance

On July 7 the new Decatur Tree Ordinance takes effect.  This ordinance is very different from the previous one.  It is a canopy-based ordinance rather than a density-based ordinance.  Some of the provisions could affect the way a residential site is designed and built.

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the tree ordinance:

1. There is a new class of tree: Boundary Tree.  This is a tree growing on a neighboring parcel that has 20% or more of its critical root zone growing into the adjoining parcel.  There will be a 3-years escrow requirement for impacted Boundary trees, to include the potential cost of removing and replacing the lost canopy should the tree decline or die within the 3-year period.  …

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