Removing Vegetation in the RPA

In order to maintain the functional value of the buffer area, vegetation may be removed only in certain circumstances. Trees may be pruned or removed only as necessary to provide reasonable sight lines. Dead, diseased or dying trees may also be removed. Any vegetation that is removed from within the RPA buffer must be replaced with other vegetation that is equally effective in preventing erosion and removing pollutants from stormwater.
Sightlines achieved through trimming tree branches, pruning shrubs and limbing up large shrubs
Removal of trees, shrubs, or groundcover within the RPA buffer is only allowed if approved by the City of Suffolk Planning Division. Planning staff work with property owners to develop plans that manage the RPA buffer area in accordance with the CBLAD Riparian Manual. If you are unsure if the vegetation you want to remove is in the RPA buffer please call Planning and Community Development.

What About Invasive Species?

Invasive species multiply and displace native species, reducing wildlife habitat, food sources, and altering natural processes. If you are interested in creating a sight-line from your home consider removal of non-native species first. For a list of invasive species, see the CBLAD Riparian Manual Appendix B-1. Even when removing invasive species, the RPA buffer must be replanted with vegetation according to the CBLAD Riparian Manual.