City of O'Fallon, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 5752 §1, 12-8-2011]
A. 
All landscape material shall be in place prior to issuance of a final certificate of occupancy. If all landscape material, except trees required with residential lots located along a minor residential/local access road, is not installed at the time of final inspection, the Building Official may issue a certificate of temporary occupancy and the builder shall escrow with the City a cash amount, certified check or irrevocable bank letter of credit in an amount determined by the Building Official to be equal to the material and installation cost. If all landscape material is not installed when the proper season arrives, it shall be the responsibility of the City Council to have such work completed and reimburse the City for the cost and expense thereof by appropriating funds in the escrow.
B. 
Trees must be planted by the builder within one (1) year of issuance of the final certificate of occupancy.
[Ord. No. 5752 §1, 12-8-2011]
A. 
The landscaping materials depicted on site plans approved by the City shall be considered as elements of the project in the same manner as parking, building materials and other details are elements of the site plan.
B. 
The developer, his/her successor and/or subsequent owners and their agents shall be responsible for the continued maintenance of trees outside the City right-of-way. For trees within the City's right-of-way adjacent to common ground, the developer is responsible for the continued maintenance until the City accepts the right-of-way for maintenance at which time the homeowners association will be responsible for maintenance.
C. 
The bottom of the canopy (mature tree) is to be no lower than fifteen (15) feet above and no closer than three (3) feet from the back of curb at that street location and the bottom of the canopy (mature) is to be no lower than eight (8) feet above the sidewalk elevation at that location. Within radiuses or sight-triangles, the minimum canopy height is to be no less than fifteen (15) feet.
D. 
Plant material which exhibits evidence of insect pests, disease, and/or damage shall be appropriately treated, and dead plants promptly removed and replaced within the next planting season.
E. 
Should landscaping not be installed, maintained and replaced as needed to comply with the approved landscape plan, the owner and his/her agent or agents shall be considered in violation of the terms of the building or occupancy permit. The Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee is empowered to enforce the terms of this Chapter.
F. 
Maintenance of trees on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Maintenance of trees located within City right-of-way adjacent to an individual lot, either residential or commercial, is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Tree maintenance for street and sidewalk canopies and sight distance must be in conformance with this Chapter.
G. 
The City of O'Fallon is responsible for the care of trees in the right-of-way along the following roadways:
1. 
Bryan Road south of Veterans Memorial Parkway and north of Feise Road.
2. 
Feise Road east of Bryan Road and west of Highway K.
3. 
Mexico Road east of Bryan Road and west of Rock Creek Road.
4. 
Bryan Road south of Feise Road and north of the Highway 364 extension.
5. 
Woodlawn Road south of Highway 70 and north of Plackemeier.
6. 
Sonderen Road south of Virgil and north of Veterans Memorial Parkway.
7. 
Tri Sports Drive and Tri Sports Circle south of Waterford Crossing to the Renaud Spirit Center entrance.
8. 
Lloyd King Drive and Corporate Center Drive.
[Ord. No. 5752 §1, 12-8-2011]
Public utilities shall be subject to this Chapter, provided that nothing in this Section shall require a public utility or its representative to obtain a permit prior to pruning, removing or cutting a City tree to the extent necessary to repair damaged utility lines or facilities that must be repaired on an emergency basis and where it is impracticable for the public utility to obtain a permit without endangering the public welfare.
[Ord. No. 5752 §1, 12-8-2011]
The City may require a person seeking an application under this Section to demonstrate that it is insured under an insurance policy in an amount sufficient to cover potential damage to people or property that may occur in the performance of the tree-related work for which the permit is sought.
[Ord. No. 5752 §1, 12-8-2011]
A. 
Early Tree Care. This Section covers care of the tree for the three (3) years after planting. It is essential that the care after planting occurs to guarantee the early healthy development of the tree.
1. 
Plants should be thoroughly watered every five (5) to ten (10) days as needed to supplement the natural rainfall.
2. 
Trees, at planting, should only be pruned if there are dead or broken limbs. For one (1) to three (3) years after planting, trees can be pruned as needed to remove dead and broken limbs. Only after trees are fully established (3—5 years), lower branches be removed to promote tree structure and facilitate pedestrian and vehicular clearance.
3. 
Only those trees in windy open areas need to be staked. Stake to prevent movement of root ball, not the trunk of the tree. Stake with three (3) guy lines, protecting trunk of tree from rope damage.
4. 
Shredded bark mulch shall be maintained at all times in a minimum of a three (3) foot radius around the tree.
5. 
Trees that are healthy are less susceptible to attracting insects and diseases. Spraying shall be done for the control of specific diseases of insects, with the proper materials, applied at the proper time and according to label recommendations to obtain the desired control.
6. 
If disease or insects appear to be a problem on any tree, contact the O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department.