AN ORDINANCE

NO. ________

An ordinance amending the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Columbus, Georgia so as to amend Article 6 of Charter 4 the Unified Development Ordinance of the 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 1.

Section 4.6.12 of the UDO is hereby amended by adding a new paragraph 4.6.12 (F) to read as follows:

“F. Removal of protected trees.
SECTION 2.

Chapter 13 of the Unified Development Ordinance is hereby amended by adding four new definitions to read as follows:

Protected Tree means a Beautification Plan Tree, a Public Protected Tree, or an exceptional specimen tree.

Beautification Plan 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.”


SECTION 3.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 12th 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.
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Sandra T. Davis B.H. “Skip” Henderson
Clerk of Council Mayor