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City board keeps watchful eye on trees

Updated: November 15, 2013 9:39AM



CROWN POINT — Developers and builders in the city of Crown Point are required to bring their landscaping plans to the city’s Tree Board, which reviews development plans and sends recommendations to the Plan Commission.

Before passing or sending a recommendation to the City Council the Plan Commission requires that the Tree Board give its blessing to a project. The city has a set of rules and regulations in an ordinance, making it a formal requirement.

There is a list of acceptable and unacceptable trees and shrubs. There is also a formula of the amount of impervious area in a project that determines the amount of each kind of planting that will be required.

One of the things that this committee does not want to see is soft wood trees. They want hard woods in parkways and around parking lots. A red maple is not wanted, while a crimson king maple is acceptable. The soft wood requires more maintainace and has a tendency to split.

In areas where shrubs are being used around buildings they prefer to have those shrubs be thornless.

According to member board member Matt Lake, the board does not want trees that have a large fall of leaves or sap over areas that are being paved with pervious surfaces, such as parking lots in the city’s SportsPlex. The fallout from the trees has to be kept from blocking the function of the pervious surface.

“While this is not the Storm Water Advisory Board,” Lake said, “we do need to do our part to make their projects work. This is one of those times.”



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