Rational Basis Review - "Lovely as a Tree?"

This case presents another Big Government Bonanza, subjecting private property owners to yet another regulation.

Tree removal ordinance is valid exercise of police power because the details of the ordinance are rationally related to broad environmental goals.

Private property owners who remove a tree must either plant a new one on their private property or pay a fee to plant one on public property.

NJ Shore Builders Assoc. v. Twp. of Jackson.