Function:

The Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission has the following powers and duties: To review and recommend policies and ordinances affecting the planting, removal and preservation of trees on public and private property; provide advice on the allocation of resources and policies for the planting, care and removal of trees in the City of Columbia; serve as an advisory body to the City Forestry and Beautification Superintendent in the administration of this article; review and make recommendations related to the City Forestry and Beautification Division’s annual work plan and any comprehensive urban forestry or reforestation plans; provide public education and advocacy on tree value, preservation and care; make recommendations to City Council on disbursements of the Columbia Landscape and Tree Fund; oversee the development and implementation of a master plan for the beautification of the City of Columbia; and advise the City and its boards and commissions regarding landscaping, tree planting, protection and removal.
CTAC helps sponsor the annual Arbor Day celebration, Treasured Tree program and Columbia Choice Awards.
 

By-Laws:

Click here to read their operating guidelines.
 

Composition:

The Commission consists of eleven (11) members that include an arborist, horticulturist, or landscape architect; developer or realtor; architect or engineer; a member of Columbia Green (designated by that organization); and seven (7) members appointed at-large.
 Term of office is three (3) years with one (1) reappointment.
All appointees must reside in the corporate limits of the city.
 

Meetings:

 Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.
 

Committee Members:

Name
Term Ends
Elizabeth Marks2
August 2018
Elizabeth Scott
August 2019
William Baker1

June 2018
John McKenzie2
December 2018
Robert Harte
August 2019
Charles Moore2
December 2018
Ben Brantley1
April 2019
Mary Greene2  
June 2018
Presley Hogue1
June 2018
Charles Howell2
June 2018
Karen Settana2 August 2019
Randall Roberts1 September 2020
Vacant
Liaison for Design Development Review Committee
Vacant
Liaison for Columbia Garden Advisory Council 
Regina Monteith1
Liaison for Columbia Green-February 2019
 
(#) denotes number of term
 

Contact Info:

For additional information, please contact City staff.

Ms. Sara Hollar

City of Columbia
1210 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 545-3862

Mr. Scott Holder

City of Columbia
1136 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 545-3218