The Village Board approved a Tree Preservation Ordinance on March 28, 2006. The ordinance prevents the clear cutting of properties proposed for development and creates strong financial incentives to save large, mature trees.
Developers Tree Saving Incentives
Developers who do not save specified percentages of significant trees must either replace the trees elsewhere at a higher ratio or pay the equivalent restitution for planting elsewhere in the Village.
There is also an incentive for saving more trees than required. Developers are now required to prepare a tree survey and hire a licensed tree professional to develop a tree preservation plan with their applications. After development begins, they must follow best management practices for protecting the trees to be preserved.
The ordinance is effective for all new development applications received after March 31, 2006.