Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 9 – 4 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 CHAPTER 9. NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION | Article 9.1. Tree Conservation Sec. 9.1.4. Tree Conservation Area Allocation c. The condition of the heritage tree shall be a rating of “Good” or higher as determined by an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture using the Guide for Plant Appraisal, latest edition, published by the International Society of Arboriculture and verified by the Planning and Development Officer. d. A report of the tree condition shall be prepared on an evaluation form provided by the City and it shall be provided to the Planning and Development Officer. e. An active tree preservation plan prepared by an arb0orist, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, must be approved by the Planning and Development Officer and implemented by the developer under the supervision of the certified arborist. E. Tree Cover Required 1. Tree conservation areas proposed for -SHOD-1, -SHOD-2, Parkway Frontage, and undisturbed areas adjoining a Major or Minor Thoroughfare protective yard ( Sec. 9.1.4.A.1. , Sec. 9.1.4.A.2. and Sec. 9.1.4.A.8. ) and secondary priority areas ( Sec. 9.1.4.B.1.a. and Sec. 9.1.4.B.1.b. ) and their alternates, must contain a basal area of at least 30 square feet per acre as measured in increments of 50 lineal feet. 2. Any required protective yard for a -SHOD 1, -SHOD-2 or Parkway Frontage that does not contain a basal area of at least 30 square feet shall be planted in accordance with the overlay district landscaping standards and portions of the protective yard cannot be established as a tree conservation area. 3. For those developments that fulfill any of their tree conservation area requirement using a -SHOD-1, -SHOD-2, Parkway Frontage or undisturbed areas adjoining a Major or Minor Thoroughfare protective yard or with secondary tree conservation areas from Sec. 9.1.4.B.1.a. or Sec. 9.1.4.B.1.b. a nd their alternates, the following must be submitted: a. Photo panoramic panels of the intended area to be conserved. The photo panel shall equal 50 feet of the length of the tree conservation area to be saved; b. A tree cover report prepared by a North Carolina registered forester or North Carolina licensed landscape architect or Certified Arborist that, inventories each 50-foot length of proposed tree conservation area, to identify all eligible trees 3 inches DBH and larger, by species, DBH, with basal area calculations and a determination of the general health of the tree stand; and c. The most recent aerial photograph of the subject tract. 4. A survey of all eligible trees and computation of basal area may be substituted in lieu of Sec. 9.1.4.E.3.a. and Sec. 9.1.4.E.3.c. above, provided that no dead, unhealthy or hazardous tree is included in the survey. 5. An optional method to determine basal area for tree conservation areas is allowed when a North Carolina registered forester certifies in writing that the basal area is 60 square feet per acre or greater, provided all the following conditions are met: a. The contiguous tree conservation area that can consist of primary and secondary is at least 8,700 square feet in size, excluding easements and consists of undisturbed wooded areas with a basal area of 60 square feet per acre or greater comprised of trees 3 inches DBH and larger; b. All dimensions of tree conservation areas are at least 65 feet in all directions; c. Land area that does not contain trees must be excluded unless it contains critical root zones of trees being preserved; d. Any area of tree disturbing activity is excluded as a tree conservation area; and e. A legible copy of the latestWake County/City of Raleigh aerial photograph must be included with the registered forester’s certification. 6. Within each 50-foot linear increment of Zone 2 of Neuse River Riparian Buffers, MPOD natural resource buffer yards or greenway tree conservation areas that do not contain trees, a minimum of 2 shade trees to enhance the riparian buffer must be planted prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy. Planted shade trees must be at least 10 gallon container size and free of circling roots at time of planting. If the area without trees will be used as shown on the approved site plan for either a tree disturbing activity allowed by Sec. 9.1.6. or a water-related activity located in, over, under or adjacent a lake or natural watercourse, no planting of new trees shall be required.