New Single-Family & Duplex Residential Development Landscape Requirements For Non-CBPA & CBPA Resource Management Area (RMA)
All new single-family and duplex residential lots shall have trees planted on the property, equal to 20% of the lot, before the final Certificate of Occupancy is approved.
Existing trees will count, and tree protection is encouraged during construction
At least one tree is required in the front yard
A Large Canopy Tree (LOT) equals 400 square feet of canopy and a Small Canopy Tree (SLT) equals 200 square feet of canopy coverage. A combination of LCT and SCT may be planted, if the square foot coverage count is the same. See Recommended Trees Species for more details. Trees are to be a minimum of 6 feet to 8 feet in height at planting.
12,000 sq ft lot × 20% = 2,400 sq ft canopy required
2,400 sq ft canopy ÷ by 400 sq ft (value of 1 large canopy tree) = 6 LCT's required
What are the 6 LCT requirements?
6 large canopy trees
3 large and 6 small canopy trees
12 small canopy trees or a combination
What are the benefits of trees?
Clean air and water
Provide shade for houses and people
Provide habitat for animals
Other benefits of trees can be grouped into social, communal, environmental, and economic categories. For more information, please see Trees are Good Website.