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Zoning Ordinance Amendments Regarding Tree and Woodland Resource Preservation

Zoning Ordinance Amendments Regarding Tree and Woodland Resource Preservation

The Ann Arbor Charter Township Board of Trustees met on October 16, 2017 and approved amendments to the Zoning Ordinance in Chapter 74, Zoning Code Sections 74-605(a), (c), (d), (f), (m) and (n)(7), Tree and Woodland Resource Preservation. The amendment clarifies that the Ordinance prohibits the removal of protected trees and woodlands without a permit, if one is required, and that clear cutting pursuant to a woodland stewardship plan is only for long term forest management, and not prior to or in anticipation of development. The amendment adds that a woodland stewardship plan must be (a) approved by the Township Environmental Consultant prior to commencement of forestry management or operations, (b) approved by the State of Michigan Forest Stewardship Program and (c) consistent with generally accepted forestry management practices adopted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The amendment creates an application process including security for installation and survival of mitigation plantings. The amendments, known as Ordinance Number 4-2017, are effective October 30, 2017. The full text showing the changes is posted on Township website:  http://aatwp.org/township-government/code-of-ordinances/recently-passed/ and are available for review or purchase at Township Hall, 3792 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI  48105, M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm.