[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Newton 4-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a fund for the planting of trees within the Town of Newton. More specifically, when an applicant for a major site plan cannot or does not wish to fulfill the tree replacement requirements of § 240-7B(6), then the applicant must contribute to the Tree Bank. Additionally, public or private entities that wish to donate to the Town of Newton to provide for trees to be planted may donate to the Tree Bank for said purpose.
The Tree Bank applies to all properties seeking major site plan approval in the Town of Newton pursuant to Chapter 240.
The Town shall establish and maintain a Tree Bank where fees collected from developer contributions pursuant to § 240-7B(6)(d) shall be kept. The fund shall be utilized by the Town Manager, or his designee, for tree planting in the Town of Newton. The Town's Shade Tree Commission (NSTAC) shall provide recommendations at least once annually for consideration by the Town Manager, or his designee, for use of the fund. Trees planted by the Town utilizing Tree Bank funds may be any size at the time of planting, as determined to be suitable by the Town Manager, or his designee.
Funds within the Tree Bank shall be allocated to at least one tree planting event per year subject to fund availability. Members of the NSTAC shall provide recommendations to the Town Manager, or his designee, in the selection of species and location of planting.
Trees planted by Tree Bank funds should be located as closely as possible to the areas where tree removal occurred that generate payments to the Tree Bank.
The Town Tree Bank Fund may also accept donations and/or funds from other sources for the express purpose of planting trees at locations selected by the Town Manager or his designee.