The Relevance of Trees:
Trees are a very important part of Northport Village and, hence, have a dedicated section of the village code, located here.
Excerpt: Since it has been established that trees stabilize the soil and control water pollution by preventing soil erosion and flooding, absorb air pollution, provide us with oxygen, yield advantageous microclimatic effects, have an intrinsic aesthetic quality, provide a natural barrier to noise and provide a natural habitat for the wildlife in our area, and that the removal of trees deprives us of these benefits and disrupts fundamental ecological systems in which they are integrally involved, it is, therefore, the purpose of this chapter to prevent the loss of trees within the boundaries of the Village of Northport by controlling their indiscriminate destruction by regulating removal or destruction of trees prior to and during construction and during occupancy.
Further, it is unlawful for any person to remove, destroy or substantially alter the habitat of more than 10% of the trees on any parcel of real property within the Village of Northport or remove, destroy or substantially alter any designated tree or the habitat of any designated tree on any parcel of real property within the Village of Northport or remove, destroy or substantially alter any tree or designated tree or the habitat of any tree or designated tree from the bed of any street or highway within the Village of Northport, unless:
A. A permit is first obtained from the Director of Code Compliance;
B. The work is done as specified in an accepted and approved landscape plan as part of an approved subdivision plat, site plan or building permit for the real property in question;
C. The alteration of the tree, designated tree or habitat is in accordance with customarily accepted ornamental procedures as determined and approved by the Director of Code Compliance; or
D. The removal is of nursery stock from ground owned or rented by a legally established nursery in the course of its normal business.
For more information in the village code regarding trees and tree removal,go to Chapter 227.