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Am I subject to the Tree Preservation Ordinance?

The Tree Preservation Ordinance establishes tree preservation standards for development and redevelopment in the City in order to preserve mature trees as an important public resource, enhancing the City's natural character and heritage.  The Tree Preservation Ordinance was adopted in 2001 and has continually been updated as part of the City's current ordinances.  Properties that are exempt from the Tree Preservation Ordinance include: Single family residentially zoned parcels that are less than 3 acres in area and were subdivided prior to the July 17, 2001 ordinance adoption date; Commercial nurseries or orchards; Properties for which a landscaping or tree preservation plan was approved, or pursuant to terms of an annexation agreement, special use permit or other agreement or ordinance (these properties are required to adhere to the approved plans or ordinances); Parkway trees; and Property owned by the Crystal Lake Park District, City of Crystal Lake, McHenry County College, School Districts 47 and 155, the McHenry County Conservation District and utility companies. All other properties are subject to the Tree Preservation Ordinance.  Please review the requirements prior to removing trees from any property.


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