Wednesday, January 3, 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 601, Nedderman Hall,
UT Arlington campus
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Texas Tree Ordinances: or “If a tree ordinance falls and no one is around, does it make a difference?”


Gregory Schadt
Registered Landscape Architect

On December 1st, a new state law usurping local tree ordinances became effective, regulating how communities could, and could not, control the removal and replacement of existing trees. Tree ordinances often increase the cost of design and development of commercial/municipal projects, depending on several variables. Understanding these variables can be confusing for both homeowners and development-related professionals. Developers, civil engineers and others can benefit from a better understanding of how tree ordinances are structured and applied and their associated costs.

In this presentation, Mr. Schadt provides an overview of how a sample of Texas municipal ordinances are applied, offers suggestions for more effective ordinances, and reviews a case study based on a commercial project completed prior to the new state law.

Gregory Schadt earned a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners as a registered landscape architect. After spending two years in South Africa as an environmental planner, Greg returned to the U.S. to expand his planning experience, working with Schrickel, Rollins & Associates in Arlington and The Pathfinders - Economic Development Consultants in Dallas before starting his own design practice, The Office of Gregory Schadt, in 1997.


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