Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Tree Protection, Buffers & Landscaping 8.4 Tree Preservation


purposes of this section, Historic Trees shall be defined as those trees which meet one or more of the following: 1. Designation as a Historical Tree by the Triangle J Council of Governments Capital Trees Program; 2. Designation as a Historic Tree by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners. C. Designation : Upon petition by the owner of the property on which the tree(s) is located, and the recommendation of the Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners may designate a specific tree or group of trees as either a Landmark, Historic, or both. In order to be designated as such, the following criteria must be demonstrated by the owner: 1. Landmark Trees a. Using the measurement and point system established for state and national champion trees, a nominated tree must have a point total of at least 50% of the current state champion for the particular species; or be a highly visible or recognizable tree or group of trees which has significance for the entire community; and, b. Must exhibit such health, condition, and form as to have a reasonable prospect of continuing useful life. 2. Historic Trees a. Must be at least 50 years old and exhibit such health, condition, and form as to have a reasonable prospect of continuing useful life; and, b. Must be associated with a specific and significant historic event or individual; or contribute to the character of a historic building or property. D. Replacement of Specimen Trees 1. When a specimen tree is removed from a site during construction, or dies within 5 years following construction, the applicant or developer shall replace such tree on the lot with an amount of trees and/or landscaping of equal value. Valuation of the tree removed or lost shall be determined by the Administrator in consultation with a person qualified by training or experience to have expert knowledge of the subject. Valuation of trees and vegetation shall be established in accordance with standards established by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (CTLA). 2. If replacement isn’t feasible or desired, as determined by the Administrator, a monetary sum equal to the value of the lost or removed specimen tree(s) may be paid to a tree planting fund maintained by the Town of Wake Forest for the purposes of planting and maintaining trees throughout the jurisdiction of the town. 8.4.4. Tree Protection It is the intent of this sub-section to establish minimum standards of protection in order to ensure that trees which are to be saved remain undamaged, thus improving their long- term chances of survival. A. Clear Delineation : Tree save areas, buffers, or other areas where existing vegetation is to be preserved shall be delineated on the construction site as it is shown on the approved landscape plan. 1. All existing trees and vegetation that are to be preserved shall be completely enclosed with a sturdy and visible fence prior to any land disturbance. Fencing shall extend to the CRZ. In some instances, the Administrator may require an additional area of no disturbance.

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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