Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
For the purpose of this Part, the following terms, phrases and words shall have the meanings given herein:
STREET, PRIVATE
The entire width of every private way or right-of-way when any part thereof is open to the public for the purposes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
STREET, PUBLIC
The entire width of every public way or right-of-way when any part thereof is open to use by the public, as a matter of right, for purposes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
STREET TREES
Trees located within a public or private road right-of-way, typically spaced in a planting strip between the road cartway and sidewalk, in accordance with the Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22] and not including those trees contained in landscaped median islands within roadways.
[Amended by Ord. 2012-432, 10/4/2012]
TREE MAINTENANCE
Any trimming, spraying, fertilizing, pruning or otherwise caring for the health of a tree.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
It shall be the responsibility of property owners abutting the public and private streets in which street trees are located to care for, maintain, plant, replace, prune and remove trees in accordance with these provisions. Street tree maintenance responsibility can be assigned to an association set up for maintenance of common elements in a plan (i.e., homeowners' or property owners' association) if approved by the Township at time of plan approval and included in the restrictive covenants.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005; as amended by Ord. 2012-432, 10/4/2012]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, without written approval from Cranberry Township, to cut, break, or injure any street tree, or cause, authorize, or procure any person to cut, break, or injure any such tree or portion thereof, or to injure, misuse, or remove or cause, authorize, or procure any person to injure, misuse, or remove any device set for the protection of any street tree. This provision shall not preclude any person, firm, association, or corporation, desiring to cut, prune or spray any street tree for the purposes of tree maintenance or the elimination of public safety hazards that interfere with public travel.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to remove any street tree for any reason without permission of the Township.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to allow any substance to come into contact with the soil surrounding the roots of any street tree in such a manner as may injure such tree.
3. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to allow any substance or material to be applied or occur in a manner which may obstruct the free access of air and water to the roots of any street tree.
4. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to attach or keep attached to any street tree any object that, in the judgment of the Township, could harm or injure such tree (i.e., attaching signs with nails, staples, or tacks; permanently attaching ropes, wires, boards; etc.)
5. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to scar, injure, or destroy any street tree in any manner.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005; as amended by Ord. 2012-432, 10/4/2012]
All street trees shall be kept trimmed so that the minimum clearance where they overhang any public walk shall be nine feet and the minimum clearance where they overhang any public street or highway shall be 14 feet. However, the Township reserves the right to designate a higher or lower clearance on certain roads or public walks, where traffic or other conditions warrant.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
The Township may provide notice to responsible parties for the removal of all or a portion of a street tree which, in the determination of the Township, is a danger to public health, safety and welfare because of its general condition or the presence of disease or other factors which may require removal. Responsible parties shall have 30 days for removal of such trees upon notice of the Township. A shorter duration may be prescribed by the Township if determined necessary because of potential of a hazardous condition.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005; as amended by Ord. 2012-432, 10/4/2012]
No person, firm or corporation shall allow to exist on property any tree which presents a threat to the public health, safety and welfare because of its condition and potential to fall into a public right-of-way and obstruct a public street or otherwise create an unsafe condition for a public street. No person shall injure or in any manner damage a tree to create a situation in which a tree presents a potential threat to a public right-of-way.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.