(A)   The purpose of this chapter is to establish a Covington Urban Forestry Program and a Covington Urban Forestry Board (UFB). The Public Works Department through the Covington Urban Forestry Program shall promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare, and further shall accentuate the scenic, cultural, historical and aesthetic attributes of the city by providing policies, regulations and standards relevant for establishing, maintaining and preserving desirable trees, shrubs and other plants under the city’s jurisdiction.
   (B)   The intent of this chapter is to:
      (1)   Promote public safety by reducing public nuisances caused by the improper planting, maintenance or removal of trees, shrubs and other plants;
      (2)   Articulate an image for the city by enhancing the city’s physical appearance by using trees architecturally to provide space definition and landscape continuity;
      (3)   Promote value, protection, management and enhancement of the urban forest resources;
      (4)   Advocate for the establishment and retention of efficient and appropriate tree planting spaces; and
      (5)   Support the city’s landscape regulations and promote arboriculture in the city.
(Ord. O-20-20, passed 9-15-2020)