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File #: O-27-18    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 6/8/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/19/2018 Final action: 11/19/2018
Title: Forest Conservation - No Net Loss - For the purpose of amending the Code of the City of Annapolis concerning reforestation and other forest conservation measures to maintain the City's current tree canopy percentage.
Sponsors: Rob Savidge, Ross Arnett, Elly Tierney, Marc Rodriguez, Fred Paone, Shaneka Henson
Indexes: Environmental Matters Committee, Planning Commission, Rules and City Government Committee
Attachments: 1. O-27-18 Forest Conservation No Net Loss.pdf, 2. O-27-18 PZ memo to PC.pdf, 3. O-27-18 PC Findings and Recommendations.pdf, 4. O-27-18 SR and FIN 10,5,18.pdf, 5. FCA Planting Report, 6. O-27-18 Finlayson Proposed Amendments.pdf, 7. O-27-18 Pindell Charles and Savidge Proposed Amendment.pdf, 8. O-27-18 Savidge and Rodriguez Proposed Amendments.pdf, 9. O-27-18 Tierney Proposed Amendments.pdf, 10. O-27-18 SIGNED.pdf
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Title

Forest Conservation - No Net Loss - For the purpose of amending the Code of the City of Annapolis concerning reforestation and other forest conservation measures to maintain the City’s current tree canopy percentage.

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CITY COUNCIL OF THE

City of Annapolis

 

Ordinance 27-18

 

Introduced by: Alderman Savidge, Alderman Arnett, Alderwoman Tierney,

Alderman Rodriguez, Alderman Paone and Alderwoman Henson

 

Referred to

Planning Commission

Environmental Matters Committee

Rules and City Government Committee

 

AN ORDINANCE concerning

 

Forest Conservation - No Net Loss

 

FOR                     the purpose of amending the Code of the City of Annapolis concerning reforestation and other forest conservation measures to maintain the City’s current tree canopy percentage.

 

BY                     repealing and reenacting with amendments the following portions of the Code of the City of Annapolis, 2018 Edition

                     21.71.090

 

WHEREAS on September 26, 2016, the City Council adopted O-22-16 Amended, which codified Chapter 21.71, Forest Conservation, in the Code of the City of Annapolis, and on March 27, 2017, the City Council adopted O-38-16, which amended certain provisions of Chapter 21.71which implemented the State Model Ordinance with amendments; and

 

WHEREAS the City Council recognizes the need for an open space environment, trees in particular offer environmental, economic, mental and physical health, safety, social and educational benefits, and by expanding trees to under-served areas, such as our public housing and subsidized housing communities, we can improve the quality of life for our residents; and

 

WHEREAS the City Council wishes to amend Chapter 21.71 of the Code of the City of Annapolis concerning reforestation to maintain the City’s current tree canopy percentage; and

 

WHEREAS preliminary and final Forest Conservation Plans approved prior to the effective date of this Ordinance remain subject to the laws at the time of approval.

 

SECTION I:                     BE IT ESTABLISHED AND ORDAINED BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that the Code of the City of Annapolis shall be amended to read as follows:

 

TITLE 21 - PLANNING AND ZONING

Chapter 21.71 - FOREST CONSERVATION

 

Section 21.71.090 - Reforestation.

 

A.                      Forest Conservation Threshold.

 

1.                      There is a forest conservation threshold established for all land use categories, as provided in Subsection A.2 of this section. The forest conservation threshold means the percentage of the net tract area at which the reforestation requirement changes from a ratio of one acre planted for each acre removed above the threshold to a ratio of two acres planted for each acre removed below the threshold.

 

2.                      After reasonable efforts to minimize the cutting or clearing of trees and other woody plants have been exhausted in the development of a subdivision or project plan, grading and sediment control activities, and implementation of the forest conservation plan, the forest conservation plan shall provide for reforestation, purchase of credits from a forest mitigation bank, or payment into the forest conservation fund, according to the formula set forth below and in Subsection A.3 of this section and consistent with Section 21.71.070.A of this chapter, and the following forest conservation thresholds for the applicable land use category:

 

Category of Use

Threshold  Percentage

(1) Agricultural and Resource Areas

50 percent

(2) Medium Density Residential Areas

25 percent

(3) Institutional Development Areas

20 percent

(4) High Density Residential Areas

20 percent

(5) Mixed Use and Planned Unit Development Areas

20 percent

(6) Commercial and Industrial Use Areas

20 percent

 

3.                      Calculations.

 

i.                      For all existing forest cover measured to the nearest one-tenth acre cleared on the net tract area above the applicable forest conservation threshold, the area of the forest removed shall be reforested at a ratio of one acre planted for each acre removed.

ii.                      Each acre of forest retained on the net tract area above the applicable forest conservation threshold shall be credited against the total number of acres required to be reforested under 3.i. of this subsection. The calculation of the credit shall be according to the criteria provided in the Forest Conservation Technical Manual.

iii.                      For all existing forest cover measured to the nearest one-tenth acre cleared on the net tract area below the applicable forest conservation threshold, the area of forest removed shall be reforested at a ratio of two acres planted for each acre removed below the threshold.

 

SECTION  II:  AND BE IT FURTHER ESTABLISHED AND ORDAINED BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that the Office of environmental Policy shall assist in providing forestation opportunities on non-city-owned properties within the City.

 

SECTION  III:   AND  BE  IT  FURTHER  ESTABLISHED  AND  ORDAINED  BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that this ordinance shall not apply to any project that has an approved, preliminary or final forest conservation plan prior to the effective date of this ordinance.

 

SECTION  IIV:   AND  BE  IT  FURTHER  ESTABLISHED  AND  ORDAINED  BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that this ordinance shall take effect from the date of its adoptionon Thursday, November 29, 2018.

 

 

 

EXPLANATION

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