Does the City have a policy about replacing trees that are removed?

The Development Code requires trees to be replaced when removed IF they qualify as a Protected Tree under the definition in the Development Code.  Protected Tree means a hardwood tree having a minimum caliper size of 8 inches or greater, as measured 4½ feet above ground level. Otherwise, if trees are removed from private property and the removal of those trees takes the property out of compliance with the Development Code landscaping regulations in Chapter 2, then the City would have recourse to require replanting to comply with the landscaping requirements in Chapter 2.

Regarding trees within the right-of-way, the City does not have a policy regarding the replacement of trees.  In most cases, trees located in the right-of-way are owned and maintained by the adjacent property owner.  They have the sole discretion on choosing to replace a tree that is removed from the right-of-way. Trees along State-owned ROW’s are maintained by the City and are replaced, budget dependent, if they are removed.

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1. Does the city own all the trees in Sugar Land?
2. Who is responsible for the maintenance of the trees?
3. How often are trees pruned?
4. What if a tree branch or tree falls down in the roadway?
5. Can I remove a tree in my yard?
6. Why are trees being removed along certain roadways?
7. What are the benefits of tree removal?
8. Who decides trees need to be removed?
9. Why were trees planted so close together in First Colony?
10. What is tree thinning?
11. Does the City have a policy about replacing trees that are removed?
12. Can the City require developers, private businesses, or Homeowners/Property Owners Associations to replant trees that they remove on their privately-owned property?