TREES & LANDSCAPE INSPECTIONS BY GLORIA WALBERG
SINGLE FAMILY HOME <ul><li>Prior to building a new single family home, the contractor must obtain a tree permit and disclose all the trees to be removed from the property and if they are saving any trees for tree points, they need to show on a site plan what trees are to be preserved and install a barricade around them. </li></ul>
My inspection for a barricade consists of calculating how may points will be required for the size of property. This is done by dividing 2,000 into the square footage of the property. A standard 10,000 sq ft. lot will require 5.0 tree pts.
I check for fencing around the tree out to the drip line and the stakes need to be 6 ft apart. After the home is complete, I verify that the trees remain in good condition to be able to count them for the pts required.
<ul><li>When all trees are removed from the site prior to construction, the contractor is required to install native trees to meet the required pts for the property. </li></ul>
<ul><li>(c) Installation: The property owner(s) shall be responsible for installing all trees in a sound, professional manner and in accordance with accepted good horticultural techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Grow bags and containers shall be completely removed from the root ball prior to planting. </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Burlap shall be sliced in both directions on the sides of the root ball and removed from the top one-third of the root ball. </li></ul><ul><li>(3) All twine or wire shall be cut off from around the trunk at the top of the root-ball. </li></ul><ul><li>(4) Trees shall be mulched to a minimum depth of two (2) inches and a maximum depth of four (4) inches with organic mulch at least to the perimeter of the root-ball. </li></ul><ul><li>(5) The owner(s) or their agent(s) shall provide sufficient soil and water to sustain healthy growth of all trees. </li></ul><ul><li>(d) Anchoring: Trees with a caliper of four (4) inches or more shall be anchored for a period of at least one (1) year. Single staking of trees shall be prohibited. </li></ul>
In order to count toward the minimum tree point requirement, a preserved or planted tree must have a minimum height of eight (8) feet measured from the natural ground level to the highest point of the foliage and a minimum caliper of two (2) inches measured twelve (12) inches above the natural ground level.
<ul><li>Verify that the trees have not been installed under power lines, if they have been, make sure they are trees that have been recommended for under power lines which can be found under Code Section 3-2-188(2)(b) Figure 8: Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.), Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea), Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana) ,Wax Myrtle (Myeica cerifera ) & Yaupon Holly </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Contractor or Owner Building does have the option of buying out the tree points by paying $100 per tree point to the Native Tree fund. This means they do not have to install any trees on the property. </li></ul><ul><li>$$$ </li></ul>
COMMERCIAL BUILDING <ul><li>Landscaping is required for buffering and screening parking lots, any improved lot for commercial use when abutting public right of ways. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The contractor submits a landscape plan for review and when everything has been approved, the installation may start. </li></ul>
All shrubs & trees must be installed according to the plan, if they are not, the landscaper must replant or the contractor must have the Architect redraw the plan and submit it for approval.
All trees must be stake and anchored according to the legend on the approved plan. And mulch/wood chips must be applied around all plantings.
SINGLE FAMILY <ul><li>All finals for Single Family homes and Commercial buildings are placed in a tickler file, which are pulled after one year. </li></ul><ul><li>For Single Family homes, a period of one (1) year from the date of the issuance of the C.O., any tree dies, or receives major damage or contracts a disease, such that its restoration to a sound condition is impractical, must be replaced by a tree of comparable size and type or a combination of trees having an equal number of tree points. </li></ul>
COMMERCIAL <ul><li>Damage to any of the landscaping or structures required by this article shall be replanted or replaced, as applicable, within ninety (90) days or one (1) growing season, whichever is sooner. Damage to a required fence or wall by a natural disaster shall be repaired within one hundred eighty (180) days </li></ul><ul><li>Landscaping for Commercial sites must be maintained forever, and any changes to the site must be drawn up by an architect and submitted for approval. </li></ul>
This is a Commercial property that has removed the buffer in the rear of the building, which is required due to the residential property less than 200 feet from this property.
All the required shrubs have been removed along the public right of way.
<ul><li>When I do a 1 year inspection and find a violation I send the property owner a warning letter giving them 30 days for single family residence to install the tree points or do a buy out option & for commercial property I give them 90 days to replant according to the approved plan or obtain approval for any changes made to the landscaping. </li></ul>
<ul><li>When no action is taken, a Notice of Violation & Notice of Hearing is sent to the Respondent to appear in front of the Code Enforcement Board. </li></ul><ul><li>These hearings can be seen on CCTV 20. </li></ul><ul><li>The Board votes on what action to take which may consist of a daily fee of $100 - $250 until the violation is corrected, which is placed as a lean on the property. </li></ul>