If Green councillor Stephen Nugent has his way, the dollar value of trees will be calculated before any future developments are approved by Orange City Council.
Councillor Nugent will move a two-part motion at the meeting of Orange City Council on Tuesday night.
The first part states "that council investigate options for calculating and reporting on the dollar value of trees to be removed and/or retained in developments".
The second part states that "subject to these investigations, council assessments of future Development Applications include the assessed dollar value of trees as part of the information that councillors consider when determining DAs".
The motion comes following protests in recent months over the possible removal of trees along Anson Street near Woolworths, and the removal of more than 500 trees from the site for the proposed new $25 million sporting precinct around Jack Brabham Park.
Councillors receive reports on the condition and significance of trees to be removed in developments, and those reports "provide useful guidance" said Cr Nugent.
"However, the assessed dollar value of trees to be removed and retained would value-add and provide additional information for councillors when making their decisions.
"The assessed dollar value should take into account a tree's carbon absorption, visual amenity, contribution to urban heat reduction, contribution to lower energy costs, and the impact on water quality, amongst other factors."
Councillor Nugent pointed to a suite of tools developed by the US Forest Service known as i-Tree.
According to Arboriculture Australia - the peak national body for the likes of professional tree workers, arborists and urban forestry workers - the results from i-Tree are used to determine how trees affect the environment, and enhance human health and environmental quality.
Councillor Nugent has said he will not stand at this September's council election. The new Green candidate is Mel McDonell.
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