(Corrects earlier story version: Resolution to draw up Ordinance)
The Lincoln City City Council has been hashing and rehashing a plan to give developers room to build in the city but not so much freedom that they cut down too many trees and scar hillsides. The city’s new Tree Protection and Removal Resolution the council approved Monday night goes a long way toward finding that balance. Staff will return with a finished ordinance for the council to vote on nest month, and make the tree preservation ordinance a law of the city.
Under the new ordinance, developers will have the right to remove trees from proposed developments only AFTER they get a permit from the city that includes a tree preservation and replacement plan. Trees cannot be removed except during the active phase of development. Projects that involve cutting trees must be guided by a certified arborist whose job it is to keep the developer in strict compliance with the plan. Trees taken must be compensated for either on site or in other areas of the city, such as new open space or landscaping.