chapelhillnews.com Town to hold hearing on tree-protection rules Monday:
The Town Council will consider new rules for tree protection in a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Monday.
The proposed text amendment to the Land Use Management Ordinance reflects suggestions and concerns heard at public information meetings held over the last five months.
The proposal seeks to protect the town's tree coverage without unreasonable regulation of smaller lots and homeowners, town officials said in a news release. The council has been reviewing these changes since 2007, in response to a petition from the Planning Board.
The proposed amendment would establish minimum tree canopy coverage requirements for individual lots and tracts. In addition, the proposed amendment would establish standards related to significant tree-removal activities on residential properties, excluding many routine maintenance activities.