(A)   Except as provided in division (B) below, the minimum forest threshold for any zone shall be 20%. Any net tract area which is comprised of less than the minimum threshold shall be afforested to achieve the minimum threshold. The required afforestation level shall be determined by the amount of forest existing before cutting or clearing begins.
   (B)   In areas zoned business, commercial, or industrial, or those used for institutional purposes, the minimum forest threshold shall be 15%.
   (C)   Except as provided in § 150.28, any land which is deforested, measured to the nearest one-tenth acre, shall be reforested at a ratio of one acre or portion planted for every acre of forest or portion removed.
   (D)   Afforestation or reforestation performed pursuant to this subchapter shall conform to the requirements of §§ 150.29 and 150.30 and the Technical Manual.
   (E)   Wood lot improvement shall conform to the requirements of the Technical Manual.
   (F)   Credit for reforestation includes landscaping of areas under an approved landscaping plan that establishes a forest averaging at least 35 feet wide and covering 2,500 square feet of area. Credit applies only in priority funding areas.
   (G)   Neither afforestation nor reforestation plantings are permitted on any individual residential lots less than three acres in size. On lots greater than or equal to three acres where afforestation or reforestation is proposed, county approval shall be required and only those areas which are defined as priority will be considered for plantings.
(2004 Code, § 115-8) (Ord. 98-4, passed 11-18-1998; Ord. 02-03, passed 3-14-2002; Ord. 03-04, passed 1-30-2003; Ord. 04-05, passed 4-1-2004; Ord. 2011-03, passed 5-17-2011; Ord. 2022-11, passed 8-25-2022)