Amelia Island Tree Protection and Replacement Plan

The Amelia Island Tree Protection Working Group has completed its fact finding mission and has drafted an ordinance modifying Sections 37.02, 37.05, and Article 32 of the Land Development Code. Proposed changes to development regulations in Section 37.02 apply only to the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island and are intended to preserve and enhance the unique maritime forest which benefits the health, safety and general well-being of the inhabitants of Amelia Island. Changes to 37.05 and Article 32 are updates to other landscaping requirements and definitions to ensure consistency with the new parts of 37.02.

Click here to see Section 37.02 LDC as it currently exists (Section 37.02 applies to Native Tree Canopy Protection for unincorporated Amelia Island only) 

Click here to see Article 32 LDC as it currently exists (Article 32 are the Land Development Code Definitions)  

Click here to see Article 37.02 Tree Ordinance to be presented to the PZB on October 2, 2018

Click here to see accompanying changes to 37.05 (landscaping)
Click here to see concurrent changes to 35.09 (SR200/A1A Overlay - Landscaping Changes)

Additional Information:

- One page fact sheet on the Draft 37.02 Tree Ordinance

- Resort Overlay District Map

- Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council 2017 List of Invasive Plant Species

Quattlefield and A1A reduced rEMOVED

Major Changes to Tree Protection in the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island Are:

There are four major changes to Section 37.02: 
  • The changes will apply to all existing properties, including properties with an existing single family home (unless outside of the Resort Overlay District)
  • There will be an audit process to remove protected trees from all properties - including for individual homeowners 
  • The list of protected trees is being expanded
  • The methodology for calculating tree preservation requirements is being modified

Our native canopy has communal benefits that preserve health, safety and general well-being of the inhabitants of Amelia Island, including storm protection, stormwater storage and treatment, soil stabilization and strengthening, and serve to counter heat island effects.

Public Hearing Information

The results of the Amelia Island Tree Protection Working Group's efforts have been formatted into a draft ordinance that was presented to the local planning agency for the first time on April 3rd. At that meeting, the PZB directed that the draft ordinance come back to the PZB for a public hearing on May 15, 2018.  The draft ordinance was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on June 11, 2018.  The final hearing will take place on August 13, 2018. 


Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, County Staff, the Amelia Island Tree Protection Working Group, and YOU Nassau County Residents! 


Tuesday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM 


James S. Page Governmental Complex
96135 Nassau Place
Yulee, FL 32097 

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program or activity should contact (904) 548-4660 or the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770(v) or (800) 955-8771 (TDD) at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance to request such accommodations.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

But.....If you can't make it feel free to submit comments to us either through this comment card or by emailing: 

Kailey Porter at or by phone: (904) 530-6300