Peter King, Interim Planning Director for Nassau County, will be presenting the
proposal to revise the tree ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Board on February 19 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the commission chambers at the James S. Page Governmental Complex located at 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee. (Just off SR200/A1A)
Although the Planning and Zoning Board is to receive the revised tree ordinance for review on February 19th, no discussion is expected until a March 5 (tentative) at 7:00 p.m. when discussion will be held before the Planning and Zoning board. A public hearing will then follow on March 19 (tentative) at 7:00 p.m.
The most important changes to the existing tree ordinance are as follows:
- Eliminates the loophole that allowed Flash Foods to destroy the trees on their property. That loophole states any trees can be removed from a property if there is an existing building on the property.
- Requires preservation of 45 percent of caliper inches of healthy native canopy
trees 6inches or larger (re-planting is an option only at discretion of Planning and
- Creates an incentive to save the largest, healthy native canopy trees 6 inches or larger
- Requires preservation of healthy native canopy trees 6 inches or larger within required buffer and/or within 10 feet of Right of Way (exemption for roads,utilities, etc.)
- Proposed amendments to the tree ordinance will only apply to unincorporated Amelia Island.
Citizens who support a stronger tree ordinance are rallying support by encouraging citizens to attend the March 5. Those attending are asked to wear green shirts, or green ribbons, or by pinning a small twig on shirts.
After the removal of a number of trees due to a Flash Food expansion at Amelia City, concerned citizens have pressured county officials to approve a strong tree ordinance. If approved by the Nassau County Planning and Zoning board, the revision to the tree ordinance will eventually appear before the county commission.
Editor’s Note: Lyn Pannone has owned property on Amelia Island for more than 20 years and became a fulltime resident one year ago. She is a native Floridian. In her professional life she was the training manager for a large financial institution and has long been active in community causes.
February 18, 2013 1:00 a.m.