On March 19, 2019, the City Council adopted updated Tree Preservation and Landscape Standards. These standards will go into full effect on Oct. 1, 2019. In the interim, either the new Subchapter 17 Conservation and Landscape Code or the existing standards in the Denton Development Code (DDC) Subchapter 13 may be used.
The current Subchapter 13 Tree Preservation and Landscape Standards were adopted in 2004 to promote tree preservation and facilitate site design and construction that would allow for the long-term viability of Denton’s trees. While those regulations serve to protect some of the City’s existing tree canopy, City Council determined more was needed to manage and maintain essential tree coverage and provide clear guidance for preservation and mitigation within the City.
The new consolidated Subchapter 17 Conservation and Landscape Standards are intended to be a more comprehensive set of regulations that include landscaping, tree preservation and mitigation, and environmentally sensitive areas. These standards prioritize tree preservation and offer more flexibility in site design through a landscaping point system.
The new regulations will be included in the Denton Development Code update that is scheduled for public hearing on April 23, 2019, for consideration and adoption. To find out more on the Denton Development Code update, please go to www.DentonCode2030.com.