Commission Meeting Agenda Item
Conceptual Presentation Discussion for a Proposal to Remove a 36-inch Live Oak Historic Tree at the Plaza Professional Center located due to causing significant parking lot damage for properties addresses 304-314 La Grande Boulevard, within the Town of Lady Lake, Referenced by Alternate Key 3808678.
Agenda Item ID
Staff Recommended Motion
Staff recommends advancing the proposal as recommended by the Town Commission
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, a Minor Modification to Site Plan application, Tree Removal Plan and Tree Evaluation for Plaza Professional Center Minor Modification to Site Plan – MNM 04/22-003 was submitted on, drawn and certified by Suzanne Stancil, Registered Landscape Architect with Michael Pape & Associates, PA.
On October 21, 2021, ISA Certified Arborist William Needham with Michael Pape & Associates performed an on-site tree evaluation at the request of the Villages Commercial Property Management, and it was found that there was a total of 22 compromised trees that need removal, including non-viable and viable trees.
All non-viable trees (Trees #1 through #9) were measured at Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) and pictures were included in the report showing their deficiencies. Also, there were approximately 13 tree that were viable; however, their poor structure, poor form and the damage that is causing to the site’s infrastructure are creating both aesthetics and liability issues.
One of the viable trees identified to be removed is a Historic 36-inch Live Oak Tree located within a planter that it has outgrown. The tree itself is healthy, but the roots have pushed up the concrete up. They have shaved the concrete down in those areas; however, the applicant feels this is just a short-term solution. Additionally, creating a larger island is not an option since the area where the tree is planted is very tight and traffic must go around the tree.
LIST OF TREES TO BE REMOVED:
|Plant Material ID||Specie and Size||Plant Material Condition|
|Tree 5||16-inch Live Oak||Poor form, Poor structure, Overhanging the roof, damaging sidewalk, may damage building foundation|
|Tree 6||23-inch Live Oak||Poor form, Poor structure, Overhanging the roof, damaging sidewalk, may damage building foundation|
|Tree 7||24-inch Live Oak||Overhanging Roof, damaging a 3-foot by 3-foot transformer, damaging sidewalk|
|Tree 8||15-inch Live Oak||Poor form, poor structure, no aesthetic value to the landscape|
|Tree 9||13-inch Live Oak||Poor form, poor structure, no aesthetic value to the landscape|
|Tree 14||14-inch Live Oak||Heavily leaning, it’s located right next to the light, no aesthetic value to landscape|
|Tree 21||18-inch Live Oak||Poor form, poor structure, no aesthetic value to the landscape|
|Tree 22||24-inch Live Oak||Small basal cavity and major trunk decay|
|Tree 23||36-38 inch Live Oak||Healthy Tree - Will require a Historic Tree Removal Variance|
|Tree 26||11-inch Live Oak||Top is missing, has poor form, poor structure, and trunk decay.|
|Tree 28||27-inch Live Oak||Damaging sidewalk and handicap ramp- Liability.|
|Tree 29||20-inch Live Oak||Close to sidewalk and parking lot- Liability|
|Tree 34||15-inch Live Oak||Top is missing, poor form and structure|
|Tree 35||8-inch Live Oak||Top is missing, poor form and structure|
|Tree 37||16-inch Live Oak||Damaging sidewalk and handicap ramp- Liability.|
|Tree 40||10-inch Live Oak||Close to curb of the parking lot|
|Tree 41||Trifurcation of:
12-inch , 16-inch, 20-inch
|Poor structure, water holding cavity, bark removal needed. Liability.|
|Tree 42||9-inch Live Oak||Top removed, has poor form, poor structure|
|Tree 43||12-inch Live Oak||Top removed, poor form, and crown die back|
|Tree 44||8-inch East Palatka Holly||Trunk canker, canopy thinning and crown dieback.|
|Tree 45||Multi-trunk Ligustrum Tree||Hanging over building, entangled into light, viable but if trimmed, it would lose its aesthetic value|
|Tree 48||13-inch Drake Elm||Trunk damage, basal damage, and canopy dieback.|
The report shows that the trees are planted in an older site where landscaping planting best management practices, such as root barrier and spacing requirements, were not widely known nor implemented. The site dates back to early 1980s. Damage to the site infrastructure, such as damaging building foundations, sidewalks, and to curbing of parking lot areas, are all significant reasons to grant tree removal for hazardous trees decayed or dying.
Town Staff’s observations concur with the applicant that the majority of the trees proposed to be removed would likely have to be removed in the very near future in that installing a root barrier could require cutting some the anchor roots leading to an unstable tree that would not be able to survive typical Florida storm events as the Florida Hurricane Season is upon us. Lastly, the applicant demonstrated that there is still a lot of plant material that will be left on the site compared to what will be removed; therefore, tree replacement is not necessary at this time to further avoid the plant material overcrowding and tree separation issues.
Total Tree Caliper Inches Preserved: 1,191 TCI
Total Trees to be Preserved: 29 Trees
Total Tree Caliper Inches to be Removed: 374 TCI
Total Trees proposed to be to removed: 23 trees
At this time, the applicant would like to get some feedback from the Town Commission regarding moving forward with the Historic Tree Removal Variance.
To be determined.
Source of Funding