City Council Meeting
City of DeBary
Subject: Removal of Historic Live Oak Tree from Fort Florida Road Right of Way
From: Dan Parrott
Meeting/Hearing Date: June 1, 2016
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According to the DeBary, Land Development Code, Section 5-94, Historic and Specimen Trees; historic trees shall only be removed or relocated upon approval of a permit granted by the City Council. Live oak trees are defined as historic when the DBH (diameter at breast height) of a healthy tree is 30 inches or greater. Staff has recommended the removal of one historic live oak tree from the City of DeBary right of way of Fort Florida Road.
The Propound Discussion
The alignment of the travel way of Fort Florida Road was established long ago when the road was unpaved and the traffic volume was very low. Vehicle traffic utilizing Fort Florida Road has increased significantly since the roadway was first paved in 2011. Recent development at the western end of Fort Florida Road has added commercial vehicle traffic to Fort Florida Road, and as development continues traffic volumes are expected to rise.
Approximately one mile west of Highway 17/92, the westbound lane of Fort Florida Road is diverted around a large (60 inch trunk, DBH)) live oak tree. The base of the tree is within three (3) feet from the edge of the asphalt pavement. As a result of the tree’s juxtaposition with the roadway, the roadway pavement is diverted and vehicles are required to navigate around the tree. Pictures of the location and the historic live oak tree are attached. Removal of the tree is recommended to improve safety for vehicle traffic on Fort Florida Road.
Motion to approve the removal of one historic live oak tree from the Fort Florida Road right of way, at a location approximately one mile west of Highway 17/92.
City Council Action:
( ) Approved As Recommended
( ) Approved With Modification
( ) Disapproved
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