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Texas Municipal Tree Definitions
(Accuracy not guaranteed - please check with individual communities for updates)

 

Park

 

Boerne

shall include all public parks and green spaces within the City of Boerne.

 

Odessa

means an area described at section 12-17, Code of Ordinances, City of Odessa, Texas, and includes any public street, public alley, or public parking lot which is adjacent to any area described in section 12-17.

 

 

Parkway Area

 

Angleton

shall mean that area between the curb line or grade line of any public street and the abutting private property line.

 

Houston

means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way which is held by the city, a county, the state or otherwise by the public in a fee or dedication when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.

 

The Colony

the area lying between the street right-of-way line of any public street, which is not an alley, and the curb line of the street, or if there is no curb line, the shoulder of the street, or if there is no shoulder or curb, the traveled edge of the pavement of such street.

 

Peninsula

 

Beaumont

a curbed landscaped area that protrudes into parking aisles and adjoins other no parking open space.

 

Permeable Surface

 

Dallas

means a paving material that permits water penetration to a soil depth of 18 inches or more. Permeable pavement may consist of nonporous surface materials poured or laid in sections not exceeding one square foot in area and collectively comprising less than two-thirds of the total surface area.

 

Duncanville

a paving material that permits water penetration to a soil depth of 18-inches or more. Permeable pavement may consist of nonporous surface materials poured or laid in sections not exceeding one square foot in area and collectively comprising less than two-thirds of the total surface area.

 

Lake Jackson

means an area that is not covered with asphalt or concrete, or other impervious material.

 

Marble Falls

the ability of a substance to allow the passage of water. Pervious pavers shall be considered as pervious cover.

 

Port Aransas

an area having pores or openings that allow water to pass through that is sufficient to foster plant maturity, health and absorbability.

 

Sealy

shall mean an area that is not covered with asphalt or concrete, or other impervious material.

 

The Colony

a paving material that permits water penetration to a soil depth of eighteen (18) inches or more. Permeable pavement may consist of nonporous surface materials poured or laid in sections not exceeding one square foot.

 

Permit, Pruning

 

Lancaster

permit required for all utility, franchise and city projects. No fee is required.

 

Permit, Tree Removal

 

Coppell

a permit which must be approved by the city manager or his designee prior to the removal of any tree. (appendix, item I). 

 

Fort Worth

a permit required for the removal of a single tree as required under Section 6.302.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean a permit issued by the city pursuant to the conditions and requirements of this article granting permission and authority to remove trees on a subject site.

 

West University Place

means a valid permit issued by the building official authorizing removal of or damage to a protected tree.

 

Permit, Urban Forestry

 

Fort Worth

a permit required under Section 6.302for the removal of more than one (1) tree or the construction of new structures on properties greater than one acre for where a building permit is required.

 

Person (Citizen)

 

Boerne

is any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, or organization of any kind.

 

Bridge

means any individual, firm, corporation, association, family, group, occupant, owner's agent, lessee or tenant.

 

Bunker Hill Village

shall mean any individual, entity, corporation, organization, unincorporated organization, partnership, or any other form of entity.

 

Coppell

means any corporation, partnership, firm, association or other artificial entity; or any individual; or any agent or employee of the foregoing.

 

Dickenson

shall mean and include an individual, partnership, corporation, trust, estate, unincorporated organization or association.

 

Gainsville

shall mean any individual, partnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust, estate, governmental entity, or any legal entity; or their legal representatives, agents, or assigns. The definition includes all Federal, State, and local governmental entities.

 

Grapevine

any corporation, partnership, association or other artificial entity; or any individual; or any agent or employee of the foregoing.

 

Highland Village

means an individual, or public or private corporation or business, other than the city or a department or employee of the city, or any other governmental entity or its employee.

 

Hillshire Village

any individual, entity, corporation, organization, unincorporated organization, partnership, or any other form of entity.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean any individual, entity, corporation, trust, unincorporated organization, partnership or any other form of entity.

 

Lake Dallas

means any corporation, partnership, association or other artificial entity; or any individual; or any agent or employee of the foregoing.

 

League City

shall mean any natural person, partnership, firm, corporation, governmental agency or other legal entity.

 

North Richland Hills

means any corporation, partnership, association or other artificial entity; or any individual; or any agent or employee of the foregoing.

 

Odessa

means an individual, or public or private corporation or business, other than the city or a department or employee of the city, or any other governmental entity or its employee.

 

Pasadena

includes one or more persons of either sex, natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint stock companies, societies, organizations and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.

 

Round Rock

shall mean an individual, a corporation, a partnership, a joint venture, an association or other legal entity.

 

Waco

shall mean the owner, occupant or lesser of any piece of property.

 

White Oak

means any individual, agent, employee, firm, representative, partnership, association, corporation, cooperative trust, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or limited partnership.

 

Plan, Landscape

 

Addison

means a detailed drawing measuring 24 inches by 36 inches or other dimensions acceptable to the director and which shows thereon quantities or numbers, placement, type, and common and botanical names of plant materials to be used. 

 

Plan, Tree

 

Austin

means the Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan.

 

Boerne

means a written document that guides the work of the City of Boerne Parks and Recreation Department.

 

Plan, Tree Disposition

 

Hedwig Village

means a plan which specifies how trees and critical root zones will be protected from a proposed development. The tree disposition plan shall specify trees to be relocated, removed or replaced. The tree disposition plan shall include a tree survey showing the location of all trees, circumference of each, type of each, and crown area (drip line) of each.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean a written plan prepared by a professional which shall indicate how all trees and critical root zones on a subject site, and all protected trees located elsewhere, which have thirty percent (30%) or more of its critical root zone in a subject site, are to be protected pursuant to Section hereof, and how replacement trees and/or new trees are to be maintained to encourage survival and sustained growth.

 

League City

specifies how trees, on the tree list, will be protected from development and pre-development activity. The plan shall include preliminary route of utility lines. It shall specify which trees are to be relocated, removed or replaced. The plan shall include tree protected zone limits, as defined in this section, on trees that are over 19 inches in diameter and that are on the tree list as defined in this section. In addition, the plan should include a proposed developed area overlay, as defined in this section.

 

Pearland

specifies how large trees and critical root zones will be protected from development and pre-development activity. It may specify large trees to be relocated, removed, or replaced. The tree disposition plan must depict for any buildable area: (a) every large tree located in the buildable area, and (b) every large tree located elsewhere which has thirty (30) percent or more of its critical root zone in such buildable area.

 

Round Rock

shall mean a plan submitted by the owner in a form or manner specified by the Forestry Manager, DRC or Planning and Zoning Commission, which ever is applicable providing the method of protecting trees during construction that may or may not include protection details, standards, notes, and construction plans in accordance with generally accepted methods such as those provided in the Tree Technical Manual.

 

Plan, Urban Forestry

 

Austin

means the Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan.

 

Fort Worth

a plan showing the location of existing canopy coverage and any trees that are classified as large or significant as per 6.302.G.3. on the site, the location of all easements, the location of all proposed buildings, a grading plan, if applicable; the trees desired to be removed, the trees that shall remain on the site, and an accompanying document indicating the reason for the proposed removal of any tree, and if applicable, a description on how the existing healthy trees proposed to be retained will be protected from damage from construction.

 

Plant Material

 

Addison

means trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers and other vegetation acceptable to the director and shall not include weeds.

 

Planting Strip

 

Beaumont

the area between the curb and sidewalk, two (2) curbs, a curb and fence, or a sidewalk and fence.

 

Property Line

 

Boerne

shall mean the outer edge of a street or highway right of way (ROW).

 

Lampasas

means the boundary line of a parcel of land defined by metes and bounds in a recorded deed or by boundary lines on a recorded map, which line marks the division between the area for a public street and the property abutting upon such street.

 

Laredo

the boundary line of any street, which line marks the division between the street area and the property abutting upon the same.

 

Property Owner

 

Addison

means the owner, occupant, tenant, manager or other person in control of property or his agent or designee.

 

Allen

means any person claiming or in whom is vested: the ownership, dominion or title of real or personal property, including, but not limited to: Holder of fee simple title; Holder of life estate; Holder of a leasehold estate for an initial term of five (5) years or more; A buyer in possession, or having right of possession under a contract for deed; A mortgagee, receiver, executor or trustee in possession or control, or having right of possession or control, of real property; Any agent who is responsible for managing, leasing or operation of property.

 

Austin

means the record owner of real property or the occupant or a person with the right to exercise control over the property.

 

Boerne

shall mean the person owning such property as shown on the Kendall County Appraisal District tax rolls.

 

Cedar Hill

that person who has legal title to the property, or a lessee, agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the titleholder with authorization to do so.

 

Deer Park

means any person who owns, occupies or exerts control over any real property within the city.

 

Gainsville

shall mean any person who is the owner of record of any real property, or any person having or claiming to have any equitable interest in real or personal property. 

 

Ingleside

means the person owning private property, as shown by the real property records which are kept on file in the county clerk's office.

 

McKinney

any person with an interest in land, or a lessee, agent, employee, or other person acting on behalf of the owner.

 

New Braunfels

is the person or entity having legal title to the property or a lessee, agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the title holder with authorization to do so.

 

Paris

owner shall mean the person who has legal title to the property or a lessee, agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the title holder with authorization so to do.

 

Pasadena

shall mean and include every person who owns, occupies or exerts control over any real property within the city limits of the City of Pasadena.

 

Port Aransas

the person, entity, corporation, or partnership in whose name the certificate of occupancy was issued; or, the current owner of the property if a certificate of occupancy is no longer valid or, if the property is undeveloped.

 

Rockport

means the person or persons owning such property as shown by the deed records which are kept on file in the county clerk's office of Aransas County, Texas.

 

Round Rock

shall mean the person or entity who submits an application pursuant to this Section 3.1100 that requests the removal of a Protected Tree. An owner includes the owner of the property where a Protected Tree is located.

 

San Antonio

the person, entity, corporation, or partnership in whose name a certificate of occupancy issued, or the current owner of the property if a certificate of occupancy is no longer valid, or, if the current owner cannot be contacted after due diligence, the lessee/occupant of the property who is in apparent control of such property.

 

The Colony

any person with a freehold interest in land, agent, employee or other person acting on behalf of the owner or with the owner's authorization.

 

Weatherford

any person with an interest in land, or a lessee, agent, employee, or other person acting on behalf of the owner.

 

Property, Commercial

 

Conroe

means all real property within the limits of the city that is not legally platted as residential property. The term "commercial property" includes apartment complexes or other high density residential occupancies which are not specifically within the scope of residential property as that term is defined in this article.

 

Property, Private

 

Lake Jackson

means any industrial, commercial, business, multifamily or town home site development.

 

Sealy

shall mean any industrial, commercial, business, multifamily, or townhouse site development.

 

Tomball

shall mean any industrial, commercial, business, multi-family, or townhouse site development.

 

Property, Public

 

Addison

means interests in easements, rights-of-way, fee simple property and public ways owned by the town.

 

Austin

means real property owned or controlled by the city with unrestricted public access, excluding a utility or drainage easement on private property.

 

Deer Park

means that portion of the street right-of-way situated between the street curb and property line along all public streets and highways within the city.

 

El Paso

shall mean all grounds owned and controlled by the City of El Paso and where the City has the responsibility of maintenance.

 

Highland Village

means any real and personal property owned or under the care, custody and control of the city, including public facilities, buildings, parks, streets, rights-of-way and median areas.

 

Keller

is herein defined as all parks having individual names, esplanades, traffic islands, municipal right-of-way and miscellaneous property owned by the City of Keller.

 

Kennedale

means, for example, City Hall, public parks, county property, Corps of Engineers property, State of Texas R.O.W., library, fire stations, water tower sites or similar properties.

 

Lake Jackson

means any land owned by the city, including street rights-of-way and yards around public buildings.

 

Lancaster

property in which title is held in the name of a governmental entity. Proper examples of this would include City Hall, public parks, Corps of Engineers’ property, State of Texas R.O.W., library, fire stations, water tower sites, public schools or similar properties.

 

Mansfield

examples of this would include City Hall, public parks, County property, Corps of Engineers property, State of Texas R.O.W., library, fire stations, water tower sites or similar properties.

 

McKinney

property in which title is held in the name of a governmental entity. Examples of this include city buildings, county property, public parks, corps of engineers property, state right-of-way, libraries, fire stations, water tower sites or similar properties.

 

New Braunfels

means all parks having individual names, esplanades, traffic islands, municipal rights-of-way, and miscellaneous property owned by the city.

 

Oak Point

property that is owned by the city or property in which the city has a legal or equitable ownership interest. Examples of this would include city hall, rights-of-way, easements, trails, public parks, county property, school district property, Corp. of Engineers property, State of Texas rights-of-way, library, fire stations, water tower sites, or similar properties.

 

Odessa

means any real and personal property owned or under the care, custody, and control of the city, including parks, streets and median areas.

 

Pasadena

shall mean and include that portion of the street right-of-way situated between the street curb and property line along all public streets and highways within the City of Pasadena.

 

Sealy

shall mean any land owned by the city, including street rights-of-way and yards around public buildings.

 

Sonora

means all municipal parks, esplanades, traffic islands, municipal rights-of-way, and miscellaneous property owned by the city.

 

Tomball

shall mean any land owned by the city, including street rights-of-way and yards around public buildings.

 

Weatherford

property in which title is held in the name of government entity.

 

Property, Residential

 

Conroe

means real property which is dedicated or restricted to use for single-family or two-family residential purposes and which is not actually used for another purpose, or real property upon which there exists a single-family residence or two-family residence.

 

Protected Area

 

Frisco

the Flood Plain plus the area within three hundred feet (300') of the Flood Plain.

 

Protection Zone, Tree

 

Coppell

means any area designated, or required, for the sole purpose of preserving a protected tree, or group of trees, wherein no activities prohibited by article 34, division 2 shall take place.

 

Protective Fencing

 

Coppell

means a barrier from entry, constructed from chain link, orange plastic, or other similar material at a minimum height of four feet above ground level, restricting access to a tree protection zone.

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.1402(g)(2)(A) hereof and shall effectively prevent persons, machinery, trash, material and other items from occupying the area within the protective fence.

 

Kennedale

means chain link fence, wire fence, orange vinyl construction fencing, snow fencing or other similar fencing with a four-foot approximate height.

 

Lancaster

protective fencing shall be orange vinyl construction fencing or other material approved by Landscape Administrator or designee with a four-foot (4') approximate height adequately supported.

 

Little Elm

snow fencing, chain link fence, orange vinyl construction fencing, or other similar fencing which is approximately four feet in height.

 

Mansfield

chain link fence, wire fence, orange vinyl construction fencing, snow fencing or other similar fencing with a four foot (4') approximate height.

 

McKinney

chain link fencing, orange vinyl construction fencing or other fencing at least four feet high and supported at a maximum of ten-foot intervals by approved methods sufficient to keep the fence upright and in place. The fencing shall be of a highly visible material.

 

North Richland Hills

means snow fencing, chain link fence, barbed wire fence, orange vinyl construction fencing or other similar fencing with a four-foot approximate height.

 

Oak Point

temporary chain link fence, wire fence, orange vinyl construction fence, snow fencing or other similar fencing with a minimum four-foot height.

 

Pearland

it shall be the duty of each person who applies for a building permit for construction or for any major development to provide temporary fencing in accordance with this article. The tree disposition plan shall specify protective fencing of the critical root zone whenever reasonably practicable, unless the tree disposition plan specifies otherwise: (a) a six-foot high fence must surround each protected tree or group of protected trees, effectively preventing persons, machinery, trash, material, and other items from occupying the area within the protective fencing, and (b) the fence may incorporate existing fences or walls as well as temporary fencing. A separate fence permit is not required for construction of a fence under this section, if a building permit for the work is in effect and a tree disposition plan has been approved.

 

Roanoke

chain link fencing, orange vinyl construction fencing or other fencing at least four feet (4') in height and supported at a maximum of ten-foot intervals by approved methods sufficient to keep the fence upright and in place. The fencing shall be of a highly visible material.

 

Rowlett

means snow fencing, chain link fence, barbed wire fence, orange vinyl construction fencing or other similar fencing with a four foot approximate height.

 

Weatherford

snow fencing, chain link fence, orange vinyl construction fencing or other similar fencing at least four feet high and supported at a maximum of ten-foot intervals by approved methods sufficient enough to keep the fence upright and in place. The fencing shall be of a highly visible material.

 

Protective Measures

 

Fort Worth

protective fencing surrounding the critical root zone and bark protection to ensure that all prohibited activities in the critical root zone are prevented, including for trees on adjacent properties. In addition, appropriate construction methods as outlined in section 6.301.K. of the Zoning Ordinance – Landscaping and Buffers shall be followed.

 

Pruning

 

McKinney

the removal of dead, injured or diseased limbs or roots to maintain plant health or the removal of limbs or roots to control or direct vegetative growth.

 

Roanoke

the removal of dead, injured or diseased limbs or roots to maintain plant health or the removal of limbs or roots t[to] control or direct vegetative growth.

 

Pruning, Root

 

Hunters Creek Village

shall mean a clean cut between the undisturbed and disturbed root zones within the drip line of a tree, commonly done with a rock saw or similar equipment to minimize root damage.

 

Oak Point

to cut away, remove, cut off or cut back all or parts of the root. All root pruning shall be in accordance with approved methods set forth in the National Arborist Association Standards.

 

Public Place (Area)

 

Boerne

shall include all grounds and right of way (ROW) owned by the city.

 

Bridge

means any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access, and includes but is not limited to streets, highways and common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities and shops. All other property is considered private property.

 

Ingleside

means all public parks and other real property owned by the city.

 

Public Tree Care

 

New Braunfels

the city shall have the right to maintain trees, plants and shrubs within the lines of all public property, as may be necessary to ensure safety when servicing city utilities or to preserve the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds. The city may remove or cause or order to be removed any tree or part thereof which is located on public property or municipal utility easement and which by reason of its nature is injurious to sewers, electric power lines, gas lines, water lines, or other public improvements, or is affected with any injurious fungus, insect or other pest.