Commission sends tree ordinance to city council
A mandatory tree ordinance for new subdivisions was unanimously supported by the Eudora Planning Commission. Now, the commission hopes the plan takes root with the Eudora City Council.
Commission chairman Kurt von Achen said the ordinance would be part of each building permit. He said the initial payment for putting in the trees could be paid by either the homeowner or the developer.
"Essentially the homeowner pays for them," von Achen said. "It could be either, depending on who wants to pay for it."
The trees can be either deciduous, such as maple trees, or conifers, such as evergreens. Conifers must be 6 feet or taller and deciduous trees must be two and a half inches in diameter. They must be no shorter than six inches off the ground. The ordinance calls for a minimum of two trees per lot, one in the front and one in back.
City engineer Matt Taylor said the trees would be required for new houses, but not for existing residences.
The recommendation to approve the ordinance will go before the city council at its Dec. 26 meeting.