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.


Click here to read their operating guidelines.


The Commission consists of thirteen (13) 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 nine (9) 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 are held on the third Thursday of the month.

Committee Members:

Term Ends
Elizabeth "Annie" 
 July 2021 (At-Large Member)
Andrew Cheatham April 2022 (At-Large Member)
Russell Jeter
 April 2022 (At-Large Member)
James Irvin
 April 2022 (At-Large Member)
Regina Monteith2
 April 2022 (Columbia Green Liaison)
Daniel Brennan October 2022 (Developer/ Realtor)
Steven Flores October 2022 (At-Large Member)
Viola Hendley  July 2023 (At- Large Member)
John Estill March 2024 (At-Large Member)
Vacant At-Large Member
Vacant  At-Large Member
Vacant At-Large Member
Vacant  Architect or Engineer
(#) denotes number of term

Contact Info:

For additional information, please contact City staff.

Mr. Caleb King

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