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The project logo Tree Ordinance

A recent study by the US Forest Service, the SC Forestry Commission and the Green Infrastructure Center revealed that the city of Greenville has experienced significant loss of our tree canopy since 2001. In order to preserve the existing tree canopy and address the impact of development on the natural environment, the City is rewriting its tree protection and replacement ordinance. To date, public engagement and input have been integral to the process. This survey is designed to solicit community feedback on three key elements of the new ordinance.

Please take a few moments to answer the questions below and provide any additional comments you may have. The deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, October 13.

* What tree protections, if any, should the new ordinance include for existing single-family residences?

While the majority of Greenville's tree canopy is located within single-family residential zones, the City's current tree protection ordinance does not include any protections for trees on existing single-family lots with homes on them.

The same protections that apply to new developments
Less restrictive protections than the ones that apply to new developments
No protections
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* Should the fees suggested for the fee-in-lieu program in the new ordinance be increased, decreased or remain as suggested?

The replacement requirement for large trees in the City's current ordinance is well below the standards of most other cities. Increased fees that would be applied to new development and used to maintain and expand the current tree canopy are suggested for the new ordinance. Fees would be based on the market rate for tree replacement.

Remain as suggested
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* Should the new ordinance allow an exemption from the tree replacement requirements or fee-in-lieu if a development includes affordable housing?

The new ordinance allows an exemption from the tree replacement requirements or fee-in-lieu if a developer includes an affordable housing component so that the potential costs associated with tree mitigation do not get passed down to the homebuyer.

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* Which of the following best describes you? Select all that apply.
Residential property owner
Commercial property owner
Other property owner
Concerned citizen
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* How long have you lived in the City of Greenville?
15+ years
6 to 15 years
2 to 5 years
I don't live in the City of Greenville
Less than 2 years
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* Please enter your address. Exact locations are not collected.
Do you have any additional comments?
Closed for Comments