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Public Feedback Requested on Proposed Tree Preservation Ordinance

Post Date:01/03/2020 11:21 AM

The City of Rochester is seeking public input on language used to develop a tree preservation ordinance now through January 12, 2020.

The Committee on Urban Design and Environment, often referred to as CUDE, was directed by the Rochester City Council to draft a tree preservation ordinance for consideration. The proposed ordinance would require the preservation of existing trees as well as the planting of new trees for development projects to meet minimum required canopy coverage, defined as “the cumulative aerial extent of all trees within a geographic area.”

“As construction and development continues at a rapid pace locally, it is important we balance the benefits of this progress with the preservation of resources that make Rochester a great place to live,” said Molly Patterson-Lundgren, City of Rochester Heritage Preservation & Urban Design Coordinator.

Once adopted by the City Council, the proposed ordinance would help preserve existing trees and green infrastructure, increase Rochester’s overall tree canopy coverage, and help maintain and expand the positive benefits of an urban forest. These benefits include:

  • Positively impacting the physical and mental health of human beings;
  • Conserving energy by shading buildings and paved surfaces;
  • Filtering airborne pollutants;
  • Removing atmospheric carbon dioxide;
  • Reducing stormwater runoff; and 
  • Increasing property values.

The proposed ordinance would primarily affect commercial projects and is not anticipated to impact individual homeowners. Projects that would likely be impacted include new commercial development and redevelopment as well as subdivisions and multi-family developments.

Feedback on the language being considered for the proposed ordinance can be offered by completing the online Polco survey available here.

For more information about the proposed tree preservation ordinance, visit the City of Rochester’s Tree Preservation Frequently Asked Questions page located here.

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