A. Purpose. The purpose of the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund is to facilitate tree planting, to ensure mitigation or tree replacement when tree preservation or tree density standards are not met on a particular site, and to advance the City’s goals for the urban forest and equitable distribution of tree-related benefits across the City.
B. Expenditures. Money in the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund may be used only as follows:
1. To plant trees on public or private property, including streets, in the same watershed as the site from which the funds were collected. Planting trees includes the cost of materials and labor necessary to install and establish a tree for a 2 year period;
2. To purchase conservation easements for the perpetual retention of trees and tree canopy. Such conservation easements shall allow the City to replace trees that are removed when they die or become dangerous; and
3. To acquire land to permanently protect existing trees or groves.
C. Contributions. Contributions to the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund may occur through a number of means, including:
1. Payment made in lieu of tree replacement as part of a tree permit issued as stated in Chapter 11.40;
2. Payment made in lieu of preservation or planting where site or street characteristics or construction requirements make it infeasible to meet the requirements of Chapter 11.50;
3. Payment of restoration fees for enforcement actions for Private Trees; and
4. Voluntary contributions. The funds shall be used within the watershed of the contributor’s choosing.
D. Administration of the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund. The Tree Planting and Preservation Fund is administered by the City Forester, maintained in a dedicated separate account, and is independent of the general fund. Any balance in the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund will be carried forward into subsequent fiscal years.