Tree Ordinances & Design Standards

February 4, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EST
National Webcast
As urban areas expand, communities want to preserve open lands and environmentally sensitive areas and mitigate environmental problems related to development. Often a tree ordinance is a key aspect of the framework for managing community forest and, in general, public resources. It provides legal authority for defining municipal responsibility for public and private trees, conducting forestry programs, passing regulations, and setting minimum standards for management. The intersection of nonprofit community leaders, government agencies, and experienced land-use professionals is where effective tree ordinances, land preservation strategies, and environmental mitigation plans often begin to help ensure that their communities develop sustainably.

Downloadable Resources:
Tree Ordinances & Design Standards Resource List
Chad Meadows, Senior Associate, Clarion Associates (Chapel Hill, NC)
Clarion Associates is a national leader in developing design standards for all types of projects. Clarion advises government planners on the importance of design guidelines in contributing to overall community quality; and explains to private developers that well-designed projects provide them a marketing advantage. The firm’s scope of talents in urban design, real estate economics, and land-use planning allows it to develop creative guidelines and standards for a variety of clients and applications.

Craig Richardson, Vice President and principal, Clarion Associates (Chapel Hill, NC)

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Devising tree and land-use ordinances and environmental preservation strategies.
* Presenting and promoting plans to local government and municipal agencies.
* Setting standards for building height, configuration, and tree preservation.
* Working with developers to ensure responsible design.
* Challenges and regulations for community revitalization.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.