Timber and Vegetation Removal Policy
Article III section 3.12 requires written permission prior to the cutting or removal of trees or other vegetation from your property, except for noxious weeds. The Pine Lakes Board of Directors has assigned the responsibility for reviewing tree and vegetation removal to the Architectural Committee. The Committee members are unpaid volunteers and so your effort to make their involvement as easy and expedient as possible will result in a more timely and efficient approval. To this end the following guidelines have been adopted by the Architectural Committee for tree removal:
The homeowner shall develop a plan to remove and dispose of the trees/vegetation and restore the disturbed land. This plan shall be presented with the request for removal of trees/vegetation.
This plan shall address vegetation in four distinctive categories.
Trees and vegetation within the fenced exclusive lands area.
Brush and vegetation, often referred to as ladder fuels by the fire protection community.
Trees that are 4 inches in diameter or larger at approximately 4 feet from ground height.
Standing dead or bug invested trees.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to verify their property boundaries as to avoid cutting trees or vegetation on their neighbor’s property. Cutting trees on your neighbor’s property can result in a felony conviction for theft and/ or a substantial fine. Homeowners must provide a written statement to the Architectural Committee that they have verified the locations of their boundaries. It is highly recommended that this verification be conducted in concert with their neighbors.
If the homeowner has permanently fenced their exclusive lands, the Architectural Committee waves any requirement for approval of vegetation removal within their permanent fenced area. However, the homeowner should advise the Committee of their intent if that work is to be done with anything other than hand tools.
Ladder fuels, underbrush and small trees outside of fenced exclusive lands will require a plan. This plan should include the following considerations:
The tools and or equipment that will be used to cut and/or remove the vegetation
The method and manner of disposal of the vegetation.
How the land will be repaired after the removal
The time frame from start until completion of the cutting and removal.
The time frame for land restoration
A map or plot plan of the property may be used to describe the areas to be addressed.
Homeowners must contact the Architectural Committee because a written plan may be required for extensive clearing.
Trees that are four inch diameter or larger will require a written plan. In addition to the requirements of B above, the plan should also include:
Clear, concise and highly visible marking of trees to be cut. It is suggested that a bright colored flagging be tied around each tree to be cut or a bright colored paint be used to mark trees. Trees less than 4 inches in diameter do not require marking.
An inventory of the trees to be cut, i.e., the number of trees at each diameter. Example: 2 trees at 12 inches in diameter, 3 trees at 8 inches in diameter, etc.
Homeowners are encouraged to remove standing dead or bug infested trees. Approval to remove these trees will be given without the submission of a written plan provided that the number of trees to be removed does not exceed three.
The Architectural Committee shall have the responsibility to review the Homeowner’s plan and verify the number and size of the trees to be removed. Prior to approval of the Homeowner’s plan all trees 4 inches in diameter, or larger, must be marked with a painted dot (greater than two inches in diameter) at the base and with a line at eye level.
Approval of the Homeowner’s plan will not relieve the Homeowner of their responsibility to verify their property boundaries and avoid cutting trees on adjacent Homeowner’s properties.