Planning Commission Review Draft
On July 11, 2012, the Planning Commission completed additional review of the policy draft. The Commission is now looking for community input on this policy document. The draft can be found here:
Public comments have been received by the Planning commission regarding this topic. A matrix of those comments can be viewed here.
Comments on the review draft should be sent to Chris Beale, Associate Planner/ISA Certified Arborist - firstname.lastname@example.org
or (253) 841-5418.
The Planning Commission's review of this topic is on-going. The following is a tentative schedule of future review and documentation of previous review sessions with the Planning Commission.
Winter 2011-Fall 2012
September 12, 2012 Public Hearing at Planning Commission
September 26, 2012 Planning Commission recommendation to City Council
The policy areas being studied by the Planning Commission are broad and address a number of different areas, including:
Tree City USA link-
- Tree City USA - Policy endorses the city to pursue the Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Evergreen Communities Act link-
- Evergreen Communities Act- Policy endorsing pursuit of designation from the State under RCW 35.105 as an Evergreen Community. This designation will open up grant opportunities to the city in the future.
Heritage tree link- View here
- Heritage trees - Policy endorsing the creation of a Heritage Tree ordinance that would create an ordinance for the city's administrative heritage tree program which designates large or culturally/historically significant trees in the city.
Canopy Coverage Study- View here
- City-wide canopy coverage goal -Setting a city-wide canopy coverage goal which would be the basis for a "call to action" to plant more trees in the city. The city's current canopy coverage is 25.7%. The Planning Commission is considering a goal of 30% canopy coverage by 2030- "30 by 30".
- Tree retention goal - Policy endorsing the consideration of rules and standards for tree retention on construction sites in a future update of the city's landscape code.
- Tree planting priorities - Policy endorsing the prioritization of environmental restoration planting (e.g. streams, wetlands), as well as planting in highly visible street and highway locations.
- Trees and vegetation in the public right of way - Policy examining ownership and maintenance obligations in the public right of way.
Trees are good! - Learn all there is to know about trees and why we should plant more of them in the urban environment.
National tree benefit calculator - Learn all the benefits of your trees! This tool provides quantified benefits of trees based on the size and location of each tree, see how much your tree is worth!
Find an arborist - Tree care should always be supervised or performed by a certified arborist. Find one in your area here.
American Forests National Big Tree Register - Check out this website devoted to the creation of a national register of the largest trees in the county!