After you’ve defined your tree-related issues, vision and goals, you will know what trees and properties you want to regulate in your tree ordinance. Many issues and goals are common between communities and as a result tree ordinances in Georgia include many common components.
Most tree ordinances include several general components that apply to all trees and properties that are regulated, although the language used may vary considerably. In addition, they include various components that address public and private property and trees. Deciding first on which trees and properties you want to regulate based on your vision and goals will guide you toward selecting the general, public property, and private property components to include in your ordinance.
The tree ordinance components that may appear in both public and private tree ordinances are listed below and linked to further information.
- Purpose and Intent
- Applicability and Exemptions
- Special Tree Categories
- Technical Standards
PUBLIC TREE COMPONENTS
The public tree components listed below, with links to further information, are generally included in an ordinance that addresses the management and protection of trees on public property.
- Tree Board Establishment
- Community Forestry Programs and Plans
- Public Tree Management and Protection
- Maintaining Public Health, Safety and Welfare
PRIVATE TREE COMPONENTS
The components listed below, with links to further information, most often appear in ordinances that regulate trees on private property–through tree removal permitting or the development permitting processes.
- Tree Removal Permits
- Tree Density Requirements
- Tree Plans
- Timber Harvesting Regulations
- Tree Planting and Protection Bonds
- Variances and Appeals
- Alternative Compliance