Proposed Protected Tree Fund Feedback
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We’re proposing a contestable tree fund is established to help support landowners to maintain their protected trees.
Proposed Funding process:
- Fund is contestable and will be assessed and administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Fund will be renewed annually in July.
- Fund would be administered by Council’s Community Services unit.
- The landowner is responsible for arranging maintenance directly with the contractor upon successful application.
- Council would fund up to 50 percent of the total tree maintenance identified in the application, with a capped amount of $2,500 per tree each year to allow for maximum distribution.
- All work undertaken must be in accordance with the District Plan rules.
- Approval of any application will be at Council’s discretion and subject to budget availability.
- The contractor may invoice the Council directly for Council’s co-funding contribution as agreed within the application upon completion.
- Trees damaged through storm events would be assessed on a case by case basis retrospectively.
- Emergency work to rectify tree safety – as defined by the District Plan – may be undertaken immediately by the landowner. Council will retrospectively consider the application.
- In the case of emergency work, the application must include evidence (including photos) that there was an imminent hazard to people or property if work was not undertaken immediately. Allocated funding for emergency work will be made at the Council’s discretion.
- Residents with identified protected trees on private land are eligible to apply to the fund.
- Fund is for maintenance and inspection costs of protected trees only.
- Tree removal, resource consent or legal costs for tree removal or maintenance would not be eligible for funding.
- To qualify for the fund, the landowners must use qualified arboricultural contractors (a list of contractors can be supplied) and SHE approved (SHE is health and safety software used by local Councils). This is to ensure the quality of work and contractors follow best arboricultural practice and meet health and safety requirements.
- Two quotes must be provided to Council outlining the proposed maintenance work and expected cost.
Have your say
If this issue is important to you, it's vital you have your say while public feedback is open. Feedback will remain open from Friday 13 March and will close 5:00pm, Tuesday 2 June 2020.