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Proposed Tree Policy and Draft Local Laws

The Town of North Hempstead has scheduled public hearings to consider revisions to the Town’s Tree Policy and two tree-related local laws concerning tree preservation and tree removal.  The public hearings have been continued and are currently scheduled to be heard at the September 30, 2021 Town Board meeting. 

Earlier this year, the Town had made the preliminary draft tree proposals publicly available to allow for resident feedback.  The preliminary drafts were crafted in large part based on community input that had previously been received.  Based on conversations with civic associations, residents, Town departments and other interested parties, the drafts have been revised and are available for viewing by clicking the links below.  We sincerely thank the members of the North Hempstead community for their contributions to these important documents and we look forward to receiving additional comments.
 
Comments related to the revised preliminary draft tree proposals can be emailed to: TreeCodeComments@northhempsteadny.gov for consideration and will not be made part of the formal record.  If you wish your comments to be made part of the formal record, email comments@northhempsteadny.gov.

Copies of the revised preliminary draft tree proposals are available below:

  1. Revised Proposed Tree Policy (text highlighted in red shows changes from preliminary draft)  
    • This document incorporates much of the current tree policy (Category 2), together with proposed amendments to address sidewalk district projects (Category 1), a process for right-of-way tree removal by permit applicants (Category 3), guidelines for tree removal in connection with tree roots infiltrating a house sewer connection (Category 4) and a tree planting/replanting policy (Section V).
  2. Proposed Amendments to Section 2-9(T) (marked to show changes from current provisions; text highlighted in red shows changes from preliminary draft) 
    • Section 2-9(T) of the Town Code governs tree removal when removal is sought in connection with another activity in which a building permit is required.  For example, tree removal associated with construction of a new dwelling.  
  3. Proposed Amendments to Chapter 20A (marked to show changes from current provisions; text highlighted in red shows changes from preliminary draft) 
    • Chapter 20A of the Town Code governs tree removal: (a) in the public right-of-way; and (b) from the front yard of private property when not in connection with an activity that requires a building permit.     

These proposed amendments are in many cases intended to address the following priorities:

Replanting requirements that are practical, feasible and enforceable
A new mechanism that comes into play when trees and infrastructure work (such as sidewalks) are in conflict
The responsibilities and composition of a Town Tree Advisory Committee
The establishment of a “tree establishment bond” for certain tree replanting situations
Town policies related to tree removal and replanting
Evaluation of fines applicable to Chapter 20A