Terrace Planting Management Page 3

Community Tree Management is one of the first reviews that the SCN is undertaking.  It will give us all a better understanding of what this process will need in terms of support and yet be of benefit to the Fox Valley community as our member communities look to improve tree related codes in the years to come.

The rules followed in our localities vary. The following chart details the differences between the ordinances in the Fox Valley area.  We found that the tree management codes were integrated with the plant and disease topics. See below for brief comments about this survey effort that we are not able to fit into the charting format. Please see Terrace Planting Management Page 2 for additional community reviews.

1) Should ordinance comment on plants that block city signs?

2) City websites are changing frequently, so reference code links may change too.

3) Madison has an Edible Landscape Ord 8.33 (not community gardens) requiring permit, planting plan, no permanent improvements but water, and all refuse material removed by 11/15 of each year.

Updated 2014-09-10

City of Appleton City of Kaukauna
Main Code Location Chapter 21-1 to 21-25  Chapter 8.12
Main Focus Tree planting, maintenance, protection Tree planting, maintenance, protection
What is Public  2.5′ from curb line or outer line of sidewalk
Purpose Public Health/ Welfare  Public Health/ Welfare
Program Admin Parks and Recreation Committee (parks/open spaces) or Municipal Services Committee  Street Superintendent
Tree Planting Program Trees are planted on new street construction and street reconstruction projects during the planting season following the completion of construction. Trees are also planted on request and as replacement for trees that are removed if space allows.1. 40-60′ lateral spacing
2. 60′ from approach side of intersections
3. 30′ from exit side of intersection
4. 10′ from driveway aprons
5. 10′ from water shut off valves
6. 10′ from gas line T’s
7. 20′ minimum from street lights
8. Appropriate spacing from existing landscaping
Trees for the Living
Tree City
Tree Varieties Tree Planting Form
Trees prohibited
As determined by the City Forester
Cottonwood and Box Elder
Plants prohibited
Insects Prohibited  Gypsy Moths
Disease Watched  Dutch Elm, Oak Wilt, Emerald Ash Borer, any insect or diseases capable of infecting other plants  Dutch Elm
Chemicals Prohibited
Tree Spraying  Public trees by property owner or city upon request  Property owner
Terrace Tree Trimming Details Limbs 10′ above walk, 10′ above street  Limbs 8′ above walk,12′ above street; guidelines in 8.12(3)
Trimmed by Requires permit for public trees by either property owner or city, either  at property owner’s expense Requires permit for public tree with  cost by land owner,  or cost by city if they do
Terrace Planting Guidelines Terrace width 3′ min, 30′ tree spacing min,25′ min from intersections, no evergreens,tree grates provided for surrounded by concrete, no other plantings higher than 8″ above ground
Planted by  If Property owner Permit Req’d If Property owner Permit Req’d
Private Citizen Rules on Corners 23-50 feet, 6′ clearance from ground to bottom of the first branch  Not permitted within 25′ of intersection
Reference Link Tree Removal Form
Reference Link Tree Planting Form
Additional Ordinances  No person shall be allowed to remove any public tree without replacing such tree with tree of equal dollar value in the vicinity of the removed tree
Nuisance Code  21-66, City can order cutting
   Details noted Trees are removed from city streets, parks and right of ways at no charge to property owner for the following reasons: 1. Tree health has declined beyond repair by proper arboricultural methods. 2. Public safety is jeopardized by unsafe structure that cannot be corrected by generally accepted arboricultural practices. 3. Street reconstruction design that would require excessive root removal that would cause an unsafe condition.  City can order cut
Shoreline Conservation
Conservation Subdivision Rules
Business Landscaping Plans must submitted to City  Plans must submitted to City
Lawn Weeds and Grasses
    Details noted
    Natural Areas