This periodic “advice column” addresses common questions about the Hickory Ridge village covenants and other property maintenance concerns. To keep it interesting, your questions are answered by a local feline who is surprisingly well-versed in covenant issues. This cat may or may not be an overweight orange tabby named Boo Boo that lives with the Village Manager. Send your burning questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Covenant Cat:
My neighbor is having some trees removed. How can I find out if they got permission from the Resident Architectural Committee (RAC) to remove these?
-Curious on Cricket Pass
I am always curious myself when people remove trees. They’re so fun to climb—why would anyone want to get rid of one? If you see trees being cut down, you can call the village office with your neighbor’s street address to see if they got RAC approval. (You can do this with any exterior change, actually.) That being said, there are several cases in which trees can be removed without prior RAC approval. Homeowners do not need to apply before removing a tree if:
- The tree is dead.
- The tree is less than 6 inches in diameter (at two feet above ground level).
- There is only one tree being removed, regardless of size, and no other trees have been removed from the property within the last calendar year.
- Up to 2 trees may be removed, regardless of size, when they are within 15 feet of the house.
If it doesn’t meet one of these exceptions, an exterior alteration application is required. If you want to remove trees but aren’t sure whether or not you need to apply first, call the village office — they can help! You want to be pawsitively sure about this before you start up your chainsaw, because the village can require you to plant replacement trees if you remove healthy trees without approval.