The City of Dublin is dedicated to conserving and protecting the City’s existing trees, wooded areas and fence rows to the greatest extent possible. Trees enhance and promote the community image and the quality of life in the City. They alleviate erosion and air pollution, help control stormwater runoff and serve as noise and visual buffers. Trees also provide nesting areas for birds and other wildlife.
The City promotes public health, safety and welfare through the preservation and replacement of trees while allowing for the reasonable development of land in a way that implements the City’s goals, objectives, policies and standards. Trees that come down will be replaced, or funding will be provided to plant replacement trees throughout the community.
Highlights from the City of Dublin’s Tree Preservation Code:
- Prior to any construction activities on a site containing protected trees, a tree preservation plan including a tree survey and a tree removal permit must be submitted to the City for review and approval.
- All reasonable efforts should be undertaken in the architectural layout and site engineering design of the proposed development to preserve existing protected trees.
- A tree removal permit is required prior to removal of any protected tree with the exception of trees on privately owned residential property that are not located in no-disturb zones. Permits are available here – http://dublinohiousa.gov/planning-forms/tree-removal-permit.pdf
- Tree removal permits authorizing the removal of a protected tree may be issued by the Planning Director or designee for the following reasons:
(1) The tree is dead or dying;
(2) The tree is affected with any injurious disease, fungus, insect or other pest;
(3) The tree is damaged or injured to the extent that it is likely to die or become diseased; or constitutes a hazard to persons or property.
- A tree preservation plan that includes a tree survey shall be filed in connection with the following projects: excavation, earth moving, demolition, road widening, road construction, road extensions, parking lots, utility service lines, utility structures, bikepaths, sidewalks, the construction of new buildings, the construction of building additions, the construction of detached accessory buildings.
- Trees that are removed should be replaced within one year of the date of the removal. The total number of caliper inches of replacement trees for a site shall equal or exceed the combined diameter of the protected trees removed.
- In the event of emergency conditions, a tree removal permit will be issued by the city without formal application in order to avoid danger or hazard to persons or property. If such event should occur, the person causing the cutting shall report the action to the Planning Director or designee within 48 hours.
- Any aggrieved property owners may appeal in writing to the Board of Zoning Appeals any decision made by the City staff.
You can read the entire City code on tree preservation here – http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/portals/forestry/pdfs/urban/dublinpreserv.pdf
Contact Planning at 614.410.4600 for more information regarding no-disturb zones.