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Tree Planting Projects: 2011
Tree Escrow Fund Tree Plantings
The city’s Unified Development Code, Chapter 167: Tree Preservation and Protection requires developers to replace trees removed below the required percentage on their construction projects. When replacement (mitigation) trees are required they must be planted prior to receiving final plat approval or a certificate of occupancy depending on the type of project. When trees can’t be planted in the timeframe required, the developer may be allowed to plant mitigation trees on other property owned by them or deposit the amount equal to the cost of purchasing and installing the trees with the city. These funds are placed into an escrow account which is used to plant trees in the project’s rights-of-way after the project is built out. If it is not feasible to plant the trees in the subdivision, they may be planted in other areas as designated by Chapter 167.
Twelve residential developments were constructed in 2005 requiring mitigation trees. These developments utilized the option to pay into the tree escrow fund. Approximately 312 trees were planted in the following 12 residential locations:
Appleby Landing – Appleby Road and Bob Younkin Drive: 20 trees
Copper Creek Subdivision – Hearthstone Drive: 12 trees
Copper Ridge Subdivision – Copper Ridge Lane: 8 trees
Crescent Lake Subdivision – Goff Farm Road, Springlake Drive and Coopers Cove: 98 trees
Cross Keys Subdivision Phase I – Divot Lnk: 4 trees
Crystal Cove Subdivision - Candleshoe Drive and Arapaho Drive: 10 trees
Kantz Place Subdivision – Kantz Drive and East Oaks Drive: 12 trees
Optimist Townhomes – Maple Street: 4 trees
Persimmon Place Subdivision – Persimmon Street and 46th Avenue: 48 trees
Salem Heights Subdivision Phases I and II – Salem Road, McLaren Street and Rupple Road: 28 trees
Stonebridge Subdivision Phase II – Travis Street, Holmes Drive and Sherlock Avenue: 32 trees
Sundance Meadows Subdivision – Sundance Drive, Tackett Drive, Copernicus Place and Greens Chapel Road: 36 trees
Tree species are primarily native to northwest Arkansas such as swamp chestnut oak, white oak, shingle oak, chestnut oak, shortleaf pine, sweetgum, American elm, American Linden, river birch, American hornbeam, red cedar, and white-flowering dogwood. Other trees native to Arkansas such as southern magnolia, Oklahoma redbud and loblolly pine were also planted.