Open Space Defensible Space Tree Removal

At least 2 working days prior to having a qualified defensible space professional on site to prepare the defensible space plan, the Owner must notify the ARC by email to

  • In addition to the paperwork required for the tree removal on private property , the property owner must also submit a completed Open Space Tree Removal form to the Foundation Office with a copy of the same supporting documents required with the private property form.

  • The property owner must submit evidence of the tree removal contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.

  • The property owner should include these specifications in the contract for tree removal on open space:

      • Stumps from cut trees will not be higher than 4 inches.

      • All slash on open space will be removed through the private property where defensible space is being created.

      • Motorized vehicles including chippers are not permitted on open space.

      • Contractors must carry fire extinguishers at all times and take care not to damage other trees, vegetation, or the soil.

  • Upon receipt of the completed tree removal forms and supplemental documentation, the Foundation Office will post a sign on the property for 10 days, during which time neighbors may make comments for ARC considerationThe Open Space Manager will notify neighboring Genesee property owners that would be impacted by the work on Open Space, inspect the property and open space where tree removal is proposed, may consult with the property owner if necessary, and may provide written comments on the form.
  • The ARC and the Board of Directors must both approve an application to remove Open Space trees that are part of a private property defensible space plan.

  • The property owner must notify the Foundation Office at least one day before tree cutting on Open Space so that the Foundation can have a staff member present to oversee tree cutting on Open Space and debris removal must be completed within 3 months of the approval date. Trees on Open Space may not be removed unless all the trees in the approved certified defensible space plan are removed.

Please note:

  • ARC Standards concerning construction apply.

  • The private property owner is responsible for all costs including tree assessment, marking, cutting, tree removal, slash removal, and any follow-up inspections or reviews.

  • Any damage caused to Open Space or private property as part of the project is the responsibility of the private property owner.

Identifying Information - Step 1 of 5

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