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(a) Tree save plan requirements. An activity or development that would be exempt under Section 22A-5, and that would impact a significant, specimen, or champion tree, requires the approval of a tree save plan, which may require tree preservation or mitigation for loss of individual trees. The plan requirements must be based on the size and character of the trees to be cleared. If trees to be cleared are part of an existing scenic buffer between public parkland and a proposed development, trees which are smaller than specimen size may be included in the plan.
(b) Exemption expiration. A confirmed exemption that has not started any authorized land disturbance within 5 years from the date of approval of the exemption is expired, unless the confirmed exemption pertains to a subdivision with a validity period of more than 5 years. If the subdivision has a validity period of more than 5 years, the confirmed exemption does not expire until the end of the subdivision validity period.
(c) Tree save plan violations. A violation of any requirement of a tree save plan or similar condition of approval may be enforced using any remedy provided under this Chapter.
Editor’s note—2001 L.M.C., ch. 19, § 2, reads as follows:
Transition. Any amendment to Chapter 22A, inserted by Section 1 of this Act, does not apply to:
(a) a preliminary or final forest conservation plan approved before this Act took effect [November 5, 2001], or
(b) a county highway project individually listed in the County Capital Improvements Program and submitted to the Planning Board under mandatory referral review before this Act took effect [November 5, 2001].