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Overview of Urban Forestry Development Review

Urban Forestry is responsible for reviewing Street, City, and Heritage trees. Urban Forestry reviews are conducted any time a project is valued at $25K or greater and any time a Street, City , or Heritage tree may be impacted or removed by the development.
  1. 1. Project taken in by BDS

    BDS intakes projects and sets up cases

  2. Reviews assigned for Urban Forestry review

    • Urban Forestry reviews are only for Street, City, and Heritage trees
    • Assigned when a project is valued 25k or greater
    • Also can be assigned when project is impacting or proposing removal of Street, City, and Heritage trees.
  3. Urban Forestry Review Scope

    • Street, City, Heritage tree preservation, protection, or mitigation
    • Street tree planting
    • On-site tree planting for City properties

    All other on-site trees are reviewed by BDS Planning and Zoning.

  4. Urban Forestry Preliminary Review

    • Tree Technicians conduct initial review
    • Looking for:
  5. Urban Forestry Field Visit

    • Tree Inspectors will be assigned cases for field inspection when:
      • Street, City, or Heritage trees are proposed for removal
      • Street, City, or Heritage trees will be impacted by the development
      • Tree planting is unable to be determined without a field visit
      • Any other cased where a field visit is needed to determine requirements
  6. Checksheets

    • Checksheets will be sent to describe Urban Forestry’s requirements such as:
      • Additional tree plan information
      • Tree Planting requirements
      • Tree Preservation requirements
      • Tree Mitigation requirements
  7. Approval / Stamps / Additional Documents

    When Urban Forestry approves its review of a development permit additional information will be provided. The format of the information will depend on how the project was reviewed. 

    • Paper Plans
      • Urban Forestry staff will mark the plans with red ink and apply red stamps to the site/tree plans. 
    • Single PDF Reviews
      • A separate Memo will be included with the final approved plan set showing which showing which stamps apply.
    • Full Project Dox Reviews
      • All information will be sent digitally within Project Dox.

    Additional documents will be provided with the approved plan set when required.