The Worksheet for Review of Municipal Codes and Ordinances can help cities understand the degree to which their policies and regulations are “forest friendly.” After reviewing the current status of the city’s program, the user can use the checklist to revise their regulations. The worksheet, designed by subject matter experts such as foresters, planners, engineers, homebuilders, and fire representatives, includes tips and guidance to maximize tree cover while considering public safety, visibility, access, and economic value.
Cities4Forests recommends the Worksheet for Review of Municipal Codes and Ordinances as it presents the information clearly, covers many distinct areas of regulations, and has been applied throughout the United States by trusted organizations. To use in contexts outside of the United States, Cities4Forests encourages city officials to work with policy experts to adapt the worksheet to match local municipal codes and ordinances.
Input Data Required
Collect local ordinances and regulations
Review worksheet, checklist of action items
Past Use Cases
Examples from around the United States with 75 communities in New York, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Ohio, among others.