North Myrtle Beach considering changes to tree ordinance

The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission is to consider adopting one of two amendments to the city’s tree ordinance at a 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

The two amendments, among other things, require city permits for the removal of all trees larger than 10 inches in diameter when measured 3 feet above ground, set a replacement value for Heritage trees and sets fines and potential prosecution for unauthorized tree removal.

The difference in the two amendments is that one includes pine trees in protected species while the other does not.

The Planning Commission is to hold a workshop at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.