The Tree Committee functions as an advisory board to city staff in regard to application of the tree ordinance.
The Tree Committee shall be composed of:
One member from the Park Advisory Board.
One member from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The city tree official shall act as liaison to and ex-officio member of the committee.
Three qualified voters of the city.
Candidates for the Tree Committee shall be appointed by the City Council. In selecting citizens for the committee, every consideration shall be given to include urban planners, master gardeners, horticulturists, landscape architects, and nurserymen. Appointed members shall serve overlapping three-year terms with no more than two members up for reappointment in any one-year cycle. The committee elects from its members a chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary to serve for one year beginning in July of the year elected.
The Committee meets as often as needed to conduct business to review construction site plans containing a tree survey or tree plan for either private or public projects within the city limits of Rockport during permit review and the normal course of pre-development activities as required by city codes or as requested by city staff. The Committee may make recommendations for the removal, replacement, protection, or maintenance of protected trees upon real property, public or private and within streets and rights-of-way as designated, and resolve conflicts between property owners or developers and city staff in regard to application of the tree ordinance.