The aim of this scheme is to minimise the impact of tree loss on private land, a replacement and offset planting program was proposed as part of the Vegetation Management Policy and Vegetation Management Guidelines.
A replacement tree ratio of 3:1 is required to assist in the reinstatement of the City’s tree canopy. This program will help balance the need for reasonable development and landowners’ expectations against the loss of amenity and gradual loss of tree canopy cover throughout the Willoughby Local Government Area.
The offset planting requirements will apply when there is insufficient space to accommodate replacement trees on private property and will require the applicant to enter into a Deed of Agreement with Council for the planting of replacement trees on public land.
Officer’s proposed that Council: Approve the offset fees for the Tree Offset Planting Scheme as originally exhibited at $2,000 per tree, with a concession fee of $400 to eligible applicants.
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