The Tree Protection Ordinance is part of a continued commitment to sustainability with the potential to reduce carbon emissions and decrease the urban “heat-island” effect. The Town Council adopted a Tree Protection Ordinance that identified tree canopy as a resource to be considered during development applications in Chapel Hill. The ordinance calls for a balanced approach to protecting trees without over regulation of residential properties and property owners.
The Town reviews proposals for tree removal work closely. Whether it is a tree that is declining and posing a public safety hazard on a Town-maintained street or a utility easement, sometimes this type of tree work is necessary. Town trees are protected by Town ordinance and are only removed after careful review.