SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — After months of work, the Sherman City Council approved a tree preservation ordinance during their Monday night meeting.

The ordinance requires developers to hire an arborist to survey the plot of land they will use. The developer will then present the results of that survey to the city. 

"The developer has to come to the city to say, 'Okay, here's where we think we can preserve trees; here's where we know we can't,'" city spokesperson Nate Strauch said. "Then there's a formula in there to determine, 'Okay, for every tree you save, you don't have to plant another tree.'"

Residents voiced their opinions at several meetings and workshops over the past few months.

"We've been talking about the tree ordinance in Sherman for several months now — in response to community outrage, frankly — over some of the ways developers were coming into these established, treed lots and just clear-cutting everything," Strauch said.

Those who violate the ordinance are responsible for replacing the trees or paying for their replacement.