[Adopted by Ord. No. 00-13; amended in its entirety by Ord. No. 01-01 (Sec. 11-5 of the 2002 Revised General Ordinances)]
No tree having a caliper of more than nine inches measured at a height of four feet from the finished or existing grade level shall be removed from a commercial lot unless such removal is approved by the Township Engineer and a grading and clearing permit is used.
All trees to be saved should be clearly tagged and inspected by a landscape architect, and the clearing limit line should be delineated by a snow fence prior to the issuance of the permit for clearing and grading.
For each tree removed having a caliper of more than nine inches measured at a height of four feet from the finished or existing grade level, the applicant shall prepare a replanting scheme on other treeless portions of the property to counterpoise the clearing and grading of the tree area where such clearing and grading was necessitated by the site plan or unless otherwise provided in accordance with the requirements of an approved site plan or preliminary subdivision.
The Township Engineer shall also require that if the site to be cleared does not permit the replanting of the trees, an off-site tract may be selected for such replanting, and an off-site plan shall be prepared by the applicant.
The replanting schemes mentioned in this article must include provisions for the applicant's proposed planting method, size and species of trees and must be in accordance with Article II, Protection of Trees. Any replanting scheme that does not provide for the replanting of trees in an amount equal to the number of trees removed shall require payment to the Township Tree Fund by a commercial applicant in the amount of $150 per unplanted tree.