The Duck Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Tree and Vegetation Preservation and Planting ordinance at their meeting on June 6th at 7 pm. A provision on clear-cutting was added to the ordinance at the Council’s mid-month meeting. The language reads:
Clear cutting: On a vacant, undeveloped parcel, removal of any tree greater than six inches in diameter at breast height is prohibited except after receiving an approved development site plan and issued building permit, an approved tree management plan and any required tree removal permit.
Home builders and residents have expressed concerns about the intent of the ordinance and specifically the impact it will have on redevelopment. If any additions are to be made to the footprint of a dwelling, a tree management plan showing 15% vegetation coverage will have to submitted and approved before a permit is issued. The town has prepared a list of native vegetation that can be utilized towards the 15% requirement. Palm trees will not be counted towards required vegetation. There have also been concerns expressed about the cost of implementing and enforcing the ordinance on homeowners. Local surveyors have quoted the cost of tree management plans ranging from $1200.00 to $1800.00. There will also be additional costs incurred to protect existing trees when included in a tree management plan. The ordinance also requires a tree removal permit for the removal of any tree that is 24 inches or more in diameter.
The ordinance is posted on the Town’s website www.townofduck.com as a link from the meeting agenda or you may call the Town at 252-255-1234 for more information. Please attend the public hearing and voice your opinion.