The title of your tree ordinance can be used to provide an initial indication of the focus of your tree regulations.
A tree ordinance’s focus and content may be limited to trees, but some communities also include buffer or landscape requirements in their tree ordinances. In some communities tree regulations are included under the broader sections of “vegetation”, “environment”, or “natural resources”. Or they may be included within the unified development code, design standards, or other landscape requirements. The subsection addressing trees within these broader code areas is considered the “tree ordinance” and is more specifically titled, such as “tree preservation”, “trees and shrubs”, or “tree protection and replacement”.
If you are primarily concerned about conserving existing trees and forested areas, you may want to title your ordinance:
Tree Conservation Ordinance
If you are primarily interested in protecting specimen trees on development sites, or all public and private property trees, you may want to title your ordinance:
Tree Protection Ordinance
If you are primarily interested in establishing the framework for public trees management, you may want to title your ordinance:
Public Tree Management Ordinance
If you are primarily interested in maintaining or increasing your current tree canopy cover, you may want to title your ordinance:
Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance
If you are going to include buffer, landscaping and tree protection regulations together in your ordinance, you may want to title your ordinance:
Buffer, Landscaping and Tree Protection Ordinance
TREE ORDINANCE TOOLBOX
Below are examples of tree ordinances in Georgia with various titles that provide some indication of their focus and content.
Avondale Estates: ARTICLE X. – TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION
Ellijay: Chapter 78 – VEGETATION