Alternatively Qualified Professionals
New changes to Edmond’s Title 22 Zoning Ordinance include requirements related to professionals involved in designing landscape plans, performing tree resource evaluations, and preparing tree preservation plans. The following requirements will become effective on January 1, 2018:
- Landscape plans shall be prepared by a licensed Landscape Architect or other as pre-approved by the Urban Forestry Commission
- Tree resource evaluations and preservation plans shall be prepared by a licensed Landscape Architect, a professional Forester registered with the State of Oklahoma, an ISA Certified Arborist, or other as pre-approved by the Urban Forestry Commission
ApplicationsThe updates to Title 22’s Site Landscaping Standards include two different categories of professionals, Landscape Plan Design and Tree Resource Evaluation/Tree Preservation Plan Preparation. A separate application form with supporting materials must be submitted for each. Professionals may apply for qualification in both categories. View the appropriate category in the links below for application information:
- An individual will submit the relevant application form with the required supporting materials a minimum of ten business days prior to a scheduled Urban Forestry Commission meeting (typically held the second Wednesday of the month). If the next Urban Forestry Commission meeting is less than ten days from the date these materials are received, the application will be reviewed on the following meeting date.
- Urban Forestry Commission will review, discuss, and vote on the application and materials during the scheduled meeting.
- If approved, the applicant will be added to a list of Alternatively Qualified Professionals, which will indicate whether they are qualified for Landscape Plan Design or Tree Resource Evaluation/Tree Preservation Plan Preparation. Urban Forestry Department will notify the applicant of the results. The applicant will have the option of being placed on a public version of the list that is available on the Approved Professionals page.
- If the application is denied, the applicant may reapply at any time.
- Plans/evaluations received by a non-approved professional after January 1, 2018 will not be reviewed by the Urban Forestry Department until the professional is approved by the Urban Forestry Commission.
- The term of an Alternatively Qualified Professional is four years from approval date, at which point renewal will be required.