Borough of Allentown, NJ
Monmouth County
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[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
PARK TREES
Shall mean trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation in public parks, and all areas owned by the Borough, or to which the public has free access as a park.
STREET TREES
Shall mean trees, shrubs, bushes, and all other woody vegetation on land comprising the Borough's right-of-way on either side of all streets, avenues, or ways within the Borough.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017; Ord. No. 04-2018]
The following list constitutes and includes the species of trees, shrubs, and bushes that may be planted as Street Trees within the Borough of Allentown:
Small Trees
Medium Trees
Large Trees
Amelanchier Canadensis, Serviceberry Crataegus viridis,
Winter King Hawthorn Carpinus caroliniana,
American hornbean
Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud,
Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple,
Acer griseum, Paperbark Maple
Acer campestre, Hedge Maple
Lagerstroemia spp, Crape Myrtle
Parrotia persica, Persian Ironwood
Syringa reticulata, Japanese Tree Lilac
Prunus okame, Okame Cherry
Prunus autumnalis, Autumn Flowering Cherry Prunus yeodensis, Yoshino Cherry Styrax japonica, Japanese Snowbell Cornus florida cvs, Dogwood cultivars Cornus kousa cvs, Kousa Dogwood cultivars
Cornus Rutgers Hybrids, Rutgers hybrid Dogwoods
Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry
Nyssa sylvatica, Black Gum
Acer x freemanii, Freeman Maple Ostrya virginiana, American hophornbeam
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Cladrastis kentukea, Yelowwood Gleditsia triacanthus inermis., Honeylocust Koelreuteria paniculata, Golden Rain Tree
Acer rubrum, Red Maple
Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry
Platanus x acerifolia
'Bloodgood', Sycamore Ulnus Americana, American Elm resistant var.
Ulmus parvifolia, Lacebark Elm
Zelkova serrata, Zelkova
Ginkgo biloba, Male Ginko
Tilia cordata, Littleleaf Linden
Liriodendron tulipifera, Tuliptree
Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple
Utility Trees
Acer buergeranum, Trident Maple
Acer griseum, Paperbark Maple
Amelanchier x grandiflora, Serviceberry var. Autumn Brillance, Princess Diana Chionanthus retusus, Fringe Tree var. Tokyo Tower
Maackia amurensis, Amur Maackia
Parrotia persica, Persian Ironwood var. Persian Spire, Vanessa, Ruby Vase Prunus Okame, Okame Cherry
Prunus x cistena, Plum var. Big Cis
Syringa reticulata, Japanese Tree Lilac var. Ivory Silk Tilia cordata, Linden var. Summer Sprite
No species other than those included on the above list may be planted as Street Trees within the Borough of Allentown with the written permission of the Shade Tree Commission. If a variety is indicated for a species of tree, that variety, or one of similar height, habit and hardiness, must be used.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
The following list constitutes and includes the species of trees, shrubs, and bushes that may be planted as park trees within the Borough of Allentown:
Small Trees
Medium Trees
Large Trees
Amelanchier Canadensis, Serviceberry Crataegus viridis, Winter King Hawthorn
Carpinus caroliniana, American hornbean Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud, Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple,
Acer griseum, Paperbark Maple
Acer campestre, Hedge Maple
Lagerstroemia spp, Crape Myrtle
Parrotia persica, Persian Ironwood
Syringa reticulata, Japanese Tree Lilac Prunus okame,
Okame Cherry Prunus autumnalis, Autumn Flowering Cherry Prunus yeodensis, Yoshino Cherry
Styrax japonica, Japanese Snowbell
Cornus florida cvs, Dogwood cultivars Cornus kousa cvs, Kousa Dogwood cultivars Cornus Rutgers Hybrids, Rutgers hybrid Dogwoods
Aesculus hippocastanum, Horsechestnut Aesculus flava, Yellow Buckey Betula nigra, River Birch Liquidambar styraciflua, Sweetgum Nyssa sylvatica, Black Gum Acer x freemanii, Freeman Maple Ostrya virginiana, American hophornbeam Cercidiphyllum japonicum Cladrastis kentukea, Yelowwood Gleditsia triacanthus inermis., Honeylocust Koelreuteria paniculata, Golden Rain Tree
Taxodium distichum, Baldcypress
Acer rubrum, Red Maple
Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry
Platanus x acerifolia 'Bloodgood', Sycamore
Ulnus Americana, American Elm resistant var.
Ulmus parvifolia, Lacebark Elm
Zelkova serrata, Zelkova
Ginkgo biloba, Male Ginko
Tilia cordata, Littleleaf Linden
Liriodendron tulipifera, Tuliptree
Acer saccharum,HI N
Sugar Maple Tilia cordata, Littleleaf Linden
No species other than those included on the above list may be planted as park trees within the Borough of Allentown with the written permission of the Shade Tree Commission.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
a. 
The distance between street trees will be in accordance with the three species size classes listed in Section 24-3 hereof, and no trees may be planted closer together than the following: small trees, 30 feet; medium trees, 40 feet; and large trees, 50 feet; except in special plantings designed or approved by the Shade Tree Commission.
b. 
The distance that street trees may be planted from curbs or curb lines and sidewalks will be in accordance with the three species size classes listed in Section 24-3 hereof, and no trees may be planted closer to any curb or sidewalk than the following: small trees, two feet; medium trees, three feet; and large trees, four feet.
c. 
No Street Tree may be planted within 10 feet of any fire hydrant.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
No street trees other than those species listed as small trees in Section 24-2 hereof may be planted under or within 10 lateral feet of any overhead utility wire, or over or within five lateral feet of any underground water line, sewer line, transmission line or other utility.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
The Shade Tree Commission and/or the Mayor and Council shall have the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees, plants and shrubs within the lines and rights-of-way of all streets, alleys, avenues, lanes, squares and public grounds, as may be necessary to insure public safety or to preserve or enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2-56 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or Borough employee to top any street tree, park tree, or other tree on public property. "Topping" is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes, or certain trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical may be exempted with the written permission of the Shade Tree Commission.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
Every owner of any tree overhanging any street or right-of-way within the Borough shall prune the branches so that such branches shall not obstruct the light from any street lamp or obstruct the view of any street intersection and so that there shall be a clear space of eight feet above the surface of the street or sidewalk. Said owners shall remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees, or broken or decayed limbs which constitute a menace to the safety of the public. The Shade Tree Commission and/or the Mayor and Council shall have the right to prune any tree or shrub on private property when it interferes with the proper spread of light along the street from a street light or interferes with visibility of any traffic control device or sign in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2-56 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
The Shade Tree Commission and/or the Mayor and Council shall have the right to cause the removal of any dead or diseased trees on private property within the Borough, when such trees constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within the Borough in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2-56 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
All stumps of street trees and park trees shall be removed below the surface of the ground so that the top of the stump shall not project above the surface of the ground.
[Ord. No. 08-2017; Ord. No. 12-2017]
a. 
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof in Municipal Court, for a violation of any provision of this section, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 of this Code. Each instance of engaging in a separate regulated activity, including specifically each tree removed, in the violation of this section shall be deemed a separate offense.
b. 
In addition, the Borough may institute civil action for injunctive or other relief to enforce the provisions of this section including requiring the replacement of all trees illegally removed and/or, at the option of the Borough, the payment of a contribution to allow equivalent mitigation on public land.