In January 2019 the City of Venice began work on revising our tree protection ordinances. As we progress with the development of these regulations we look forward to hearing from the Citizens of Venice. Currently Sarasota County has jurisdiction over the trees within the City. With the implementation of the new ordinances, Venice will take responsibility for tree protections, tree removal permits and requirements for tree replacements and mitigations for developing sites, both large and small, within the city limits.
Why do we save and plant trees?
The many environmental benefits of a healthy urban forest are well documented. The cooling effects, increased property values, wind buffering, air cleaning and carbon sequestration abilities of trees have been researched and written about at length. But, did you know that trees have a substantial impact on stormwater runoff? Tree canopies intercept rainfall reducing the amount of stormwater runoff that reaches our waterways and the Gulf. Instead, the intercepted rainfall is better able to slowly penetrate the soil reducing nutrient rich surface water runoff. This allows water and nutrients to be utilized by trees and other plants. Surplus water then percolates through the soil down to replenish the ground water supply. Trees also transpire large amounts of clean water back into the atmosphere through photosynthesis. A properly managed urban forest is our first line of defense for improved water quality and water conservation. The new tree ordinances will be designed to deliver all these benefits and more by protecting the present and future urban forest for our “City on the Gulf”.
The Planning and Zoning Division staff now includes an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist who has been working closely with, and providing technical guidance to our consultant as we develop the new tree regulations. As we progress we will be keeping Citizens informed through the City website.
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