An ordinance amending the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Columbus, Georgia so as to amend Article 6 of Chapter 4 of the Unified Development Ordinance of Columbus, Georgia pertaining to Tree Preservation and Replacement to add a new paragraph F to Section 4.6.12 and add new definitions to Section 13.1.1 of the UDO; and for other purposes.
THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS:
Section 4.6.12 of the UDO is hereby amended by adding a new paragraph 4.6.12 (F) to read as follows:
Removal of protected trees.
1. It shall be a violation of this Article for any person, organization, society, association or corporation, or any agent or representative thereof, directly or indirectly, to cut down, remove, damage or destroy, or shall authorize the cutting down, removal, damage, or destruction of any protected tree, as defined in Section 13.1.1 hereof, or shall commit any act or authorize the commission of any act which physically removes a protected tree or causes a tree to die, such as damage inflicted upon the root system by heavy machinery, chemicals or paving, changing the natural grade above the root system and tree damage permitting infection or pest infestation, unless such removal is specifically permitted in accordance with paragraph (2) below.
2. Any Beautification Plan Tree or Public Protected Tree or Exceptional Specimen Tree may only be cut with permission of the City Arborist or in the event of his denial, the Tree Board. Any Beautification Plan Tree or Public Tree which poses imminent danger to the public health, welfare or safety or any tree that needs to be removed on an emergency basis to restore public utility service may be removed with specific permission, authorization and approval from either the City Arborist, the Public Works Director, City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Mayor, Chief of Police or Chief of Fire & EMS.”
Chapter 13 of the Unified Development Ordinance is hereby amended by adding four new definitions to read as follows:
means a Beautification Plan Tree, a Public Protected Tree, or an exceptional specimen tree.
Tree is any tree or shrub planted in any one of the following circumstances: (a) as part of the Columbus Georgia Beautification Plan which was established by Resolution No. 576-08, as the same may be amended by future Councils (b) in the State right of way pursuant to a DOT Special Encroachment permit or with the permission of GDOT;(c) pursuant to a landscape plan which is part of a streetscape beautification program approval by the Columbus Consolidated Government and funded by governmental or private funding or (d) any planting done by or with the permission or acquiescence of the consolidated government on right of way of a city street or state highway.
Public Protected Tree
means any tree located on lands owned by the consolidated government, its authorities or other constituent units (“CCG entities”) or any land upon which easements are imposed for the benefit of CCG entities, or upon which other ownership control may be exerted by CCG entities including rights-of-way, parks, public areas and easements for drainage, sewer, water and other public utilities, with a DBH of six inches or more.
Exceptional Specimen Tree
means any tree which upon application is determined by the Tree Board to be a unique and intrinsic value to the general public because of its size, age, historic association or ecological value or any tree designated a Georgia State Champion, United States Champion or World Champion by the American Forestry Association. The City Arborist shall keep a record of all specimen trees so designated and their location.”
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 12
day of March, 2019; introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the _____ day of ______________, 2019 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____ members of said Council.
Councilor Allen voting _______
Councilor Barnes voting _______
Councilor Crabb voting _______
Councilor Davis voting _______
Councilor Garrett voting _______
Councilor House voting _______
Councilor Huff voting _______
Councilor Pugh voting _______
Councilor Thomas voting _______
Councilor Woodson voting _______
Sandra T. Davis B.H. “Skip” Henderson
Clerk of Council Mayor