What is a Conservancy Area?
A Conservancy Area is an area of natural vegetation that is protected by law from being altered in any way that would significantly change the ecological integrity, balance, or character of the land. These areas are typically established as part of a subdivision and are deed-restricted portions of private property.
Conservancy Areas are of value to our community because they provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species. The trees and vegetation help reduce air pollution, absorb excess water, replenish our oxygen supply, provide buffers between properties, as well as add attractive natural landscaping.
Your survey or title commitment or title policy should indicate if you have a Conservancy Area on your property. If you are unsure, the Village will help you find out.
What does it mean if I have a Conservancy Area on my property?
If you have a Conservancy Area on your property, there are some restrictions as to what you can and cannot do. In general, you may not sod, seed, or grade within the area to ensure regeneration of native plant material. In addition, you may not add buildings or structures or remove trees, shrubs, or any other plant materials, whether dead or alive. The key is to avoid disrupting the ecosystem of these natural areas.
You are allowed to remove plant material that is hazardous or undesirable, with written consent of the Village. In addition, you may add wildflowers, shrubs, or trees for the purpose of improving the natural health of the woodland. Remember, any alterations to a Conservancy Area must be first approved by the Village.