City of College Park, MD
Prince George's County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park 10-10-1989 by Ord. No. 89-O-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 157.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
INSTALLATION
The proper planting of trees, shrubs and ground covers.
LANDSCAPE
Trees, shrubs, ground covers and other materials presently or hereafter planted within the City limits.
[Amended 2-26-2013 by Ord. No. 13-O-01]
MAINTENANCE
All necessary operations, including but not limited to pruning, mowing, spraying, watering, fertilizing and staking.
[Amended 2-26-2013 by Ord. No. 13-O-01]
PRIVATE LAND
All land exclusive of public ways and public areas.
PUBLIC AREA
All public ways, parks and other lands owned or leased by the City.
PUBLIC WAY
All public streets, roads, boulevards, alleys and sidewalks.
A. 
It is the policy of the City of College Park, Maryland, to educate and encourage all persons in the City to use safe and desirable installation, removal and maintenance practices to promote healthy trees, shrubs and ground covers on private and public lands within the City limits.
B. 
The provisions of this chapter apply to trees, shrubs and ground covers presently or hereafter planted and established within the City limits.
C. 
The organizational provisions of this chapter create positions and a Board whose purposes are to:
(1) 
Enhance the beauty of the City.
(2) 
Advise the City staff on planting, removal and maintenance of trees, shrubs and ground covers in or upon public ways or public areas within the City limits.
(3) 
Protect trees, shrubs, ground covers and other materials located on public property from undesirable or unsafe installation, removal and maintenance practices to insure that no liability occurs from said practices.
[Amended 2-26-2013 by Ord. No. 13-O-01]
(4) 
Eliminate and guard against landscape conditions (e.g., trees weakened by diseases, construction, storm damage, etc.) that may result in injury to persons using the public ways and areas and/or damage to public property.
(5) 
Guard plants against the spread of diseases or pests.
[Amended 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
(6) 
Encourage College Park citizens to adopt practices that promote and protect healthy trees, shrubs and ground covers on private land.
D. 
When it is in the public interest, the City reserves the right to protect trees on private lands from diseases, pests or destruction.
[Amended 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
The City Council of College Park shall appoint a City Forester who will serve for a period of not less than two years.
[Amended 12-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-24]
The City Manager shall employ or contract for the services of a professional horticulturist.
A. 
Board membership and operation.
(1) 
By this chapter, the Tree and Landscape Board of the City of College Park, hereafter referred to as the "Board," is established.
(2) 
The Board shall have the following nine voting members: five residents of the City appointed by the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park, the Chairperson of the Committee for a Better Environment or designee, the City Forester, the Planning, Community and Economic Development Director or designee and the Public Works Director or designee.
[Amended 9-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-22; 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 10-O-06; 2-26-2013 by Ord. No. 13-O-01; 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
(3) 
The five Board members appointed by the Mayor and Council shall serve staggered, two-year terms.
[Amended 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
(4) 
Members of the Board shall receive reimbursement for reasonable expenses in accordance with City procedures. Further, a reasonable sum of money shall be allocated for clerical support for the Board.
(5) 
The Board shall choose its own officers, adopt its own rules of procedure, subject to approval of the Mayor and Council, and keep an official record of its meetings and proceedings. A majority of its members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business.
[Amended 2-26-2013 by Ord. No. 13-O-01; 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
B. 
Duties and responsibilities of the Board.
(1) 
The Board shall:
[Amended 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
(a) 
Study the landscape within the City of College Park and review City landscape plans.
(b) 
Review plans for the selection, installation and maintenance of landscape plantings and removal of questionable trees, shrubs and ground covers on public ways or public areas within the City limits.
(c) 
Present plans, including the vegetation management plan, to the Mayor and Council, which, when accepted and approved by the Mayor and Council, shall constitute the landscape plan for the City.
(d) 
Oversee the administration of the City landscape plan.
(2) 
With the advice of the City Forester, the Board shall establish, maintain and disseminate an official list of trees, shrubs and ground covers suited for urban planting in the region's climatic zone. No trees, shrubs or ground covers other than those on the official list may be planted upon public ways or public areas within the City without the approval of the Board.
(3) 
The Board has the authority to establish, maintain and disseminate guidelines regarding:
(a) 
Proper installation, removal and maintenance practices.
(b) 
Safe and proper spacing of trees and shrubs.
(c) 
Preservation of wildlife habitats.
(4) 
The Board shall sponsor educational activities to:
(a) 
Increase public appreciation of grand champion trees of aesthetic, historical or ecological value on public and private lands within the City limits.
(b) 
Encourage civic associations to develop lists of trees on public or private land in their neighborhoods that may be protected from destruction.
(c) 
Encourage residents to include in their landscape plans the varieties of trees, shrubs and ground covers on the official City list.
(d) 
Inform residents of safe and desirable installation, removal and maintenance practices to promote healthy trees, shrubs and ground covers and provide habitats for wildlife.
(5) 
The Board shall develop guidelines to protect from destruction grand champion trees or trees of aesthetic, historical or ecological value to the community, whether they are located on public or private lands within the City limits.
(6) 
The Board has the authority to propose, present and recommend to the Mayor and City Council any resolution, ordinance or Charter change that advances the purposes set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 9-10-1991 by Ord. No. 91-O-22]
A. 
The Public Works Director shall be responsible for the installation, maintenance and removal of trees, shrubs and ground covers within the specifications and standards established by the City Forester and the Tree and Landscape Board in accordance with the landscape plan.
[Amended 1-12-2016 by Ord. No. 15-O-07]
B. 
The cost of installation, maintenance and removal of trees, shrubs and ground covers and any other costs that shall be used to implement § 179-1, Definitions, as set forth in this document, shall be included in the Public Works Department budget under the tree maintenance account. Further, all expenses and costs incurred to conduct the educational missions, programs and publications of the Board shall be included and made a part of the Public Works Department budget under the tree maintenance account.
Wherever possible, this chapter shall be read to be consistent with the provision of the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Any provision of this chapter which in any manner conflicts with any provision of state law shall be declared invalid and void to the extent of such conflict.
Nothing herein shall be construed as conferring upon the City of College Park or the Board created herein the right to take private property.