(a)   Purpose.  This section is established for the following purposes:
      (1)   To prevent the harmful impacts of indiscriminate clearing of trees by requiring site planning and the use of appropriate methods for forest and landscape management.
      (2)   To minimize the unnecessary destruction of trees and to maintain their existence for as long as possible in order to preserve the benefits of dust control, shade, air and water quality improvement, natural habitat, and visual qualities.
      (3)   To regulate the impacts caused by the removal of trees in a manner similar to the impacts of other elements of construction and land use activity.
      (4)   To encourage the incorporation of existing vegetation, supplemented by planned new vegetation, into subdivision and site plans.
      (5)   To permit the appropriate removal of trees to the extent necessary for land development consistent with the regulations of the City
      (6)   To permit the appropriate harvesting of trees in a manner consistent with current professional practices.
   (b)   Applicability and Exemptions.  Clear-cutting is prohibited on any property in the City of Aurora except as follows:
      (1)   An area of a lot or lots approved for clear-cutting in a site landscape plan.
      (2)   An area in a subdivision approved for clear-cutting in compliance with the approved final plat and subdivision landscape plan and the terms of the development agreement.
      (3)   The area to be clear-cut shall be clearly delineated on the plan and in the field prior to any clearing activity and shall be reviewed by the City Arborist. 
(Ord. 2004-013.  Passed 3-22-04.)