Monday, December 1, 2008
Simpsonville considers tree-planting law
SIMPSONVILLE -- The city Planning Commission will be asked Tuesday to recommend approval of an ordinance that would require developers to plant trees on clear-cut land that has sat vacant for more than 90 days.
The goal is to eliminate acres of unsightly red dirt where developers bulldozed trees and grass to grade property for retail developments or subdivisions.
The law would need to gain recommendation from the city Planning Commission and then pass two readings by City Council before it would take effect.
The new landscape regulations law would force developers to either build on or replant cleared land within 90 days after the city issues a land clearing and grading permit or face stiff penalties.
If developers don’t replant in time, they would be required to double the number of trees to be preserved or planted on each lot. If developers follow the new rules they would have to plant one tree for every one-tenth acre developed with credit given for saving existing trees.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle