City of Pleasanton
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FINANCIAL STATEMENT <br /> Funding for the Urban Forest Master Plan Project, CIP No. 22773, totals $200,000. <br /> Anticipated expenditures for the master plan total $357,507. It is recommended the City <br /> Council approve a budget amendment to increase the project budget by $157,507 in the <br /> Urban Forestry Fund 129 to fully fund the agreement amount of $325,178 and provide a <br /> contingency of approximately $32,000. (Fund 129 has an unallocated balance of <br /> approximately $160,000.) Funding and anticipated expenditures are detailed in <br /> Attachment 1 . <br /> BACKGROUND <br /> Tree Preservation Ordinance and Tree and Fence Report <br /> In the early 1970s, the City recognized the importance of its urban forest by adopting a <br /> tree preservation ordinance and preparing a plan that evaluated the City's trees: <br /> 1. The Tree Preservation Ordinance was adopted by City Council in 1971 and the <br /> ordinance was codified as a chapter of Title 17 — Planning and Other Matters — of <br /> the Pleasanton Municipal Code, specifically Chapter 17.16 — Tree Preservation. <br /> 2. Resolution 71-17 approving "The Tree and Fence Report" was adopted by City <br /> Council on January 29, 1973. <br /> The Tree Preservation Ordinance (Ordinance) focuses on preserving trees within the <br /> city, both on public and private property. The Ordinance considers each tree individually <br /> and does not address trees as being part of an urban forest. The Tree and Fence <br /> Report recommended ways to improve the appearance of the community and solutions <br /> to deal with problems with trees. The report also informed property owners of their rights <br /> and obligations regarding their street tree(s), identified heritage trees, provided a list of <br /> recommended trees for Pleasanton, and contained a guide for proper tree care. The <br /> report was intended to be helpful in interpreting and enforcing the Ordinance. <br /> The City Council has modified the Tree Preservation Ordinance mostly in response to <br /> land development and in response to issues with enforcement of the Ordinance. For <br /> example, in 1995, the City Council approved significant changes to the ordinance <br /> regarding pruning requirements and heritage tree removal. Provisions were added that <br /> required all heritage trees to be pruned per the International Society of Arboriculture <br /> Tree Pruning Guidelines and allowed fines to be levied on persons responsible for <br /> improper pruning and unpermitted removal of heritage trees. Then in 1998, the City <br /> Council approved changes to the ordinance to broaden and better define reasons why <br /> the removal of a heritage tree could be permitted, and to establish a Heritage Tree <br /> Board of Appeals to hear and decide on appeals of the Ordinance requirements. Other <br /> relatively minor ordinance changes have occurred over the years since the creation of <br /> the Heritage Tree Board of Appeals to further clarify the Ordinance's intent and <br /> requirements, but it has remained largely the same since 1998. <br /> In recent years, the City Council has received complaints and expressed concerns <br /> about the Tree Preservation Ordinance's language, intent, and enforcement. Most <br /> recently, at its June 7, 2022, meeting, the City Council discussed feedback from the <br /> Page 2 of 6 <br />
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