Ashland Tree Commission
Minutes, May 8, 2003
Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 5:10pm by Chairperson Rich Whitall. Additional commissioners in attendance included January Jennings, Ted Loftus, Bryan Nelson and Laurie Sager. Also in attendance were Parks liaison Donn Todt and staff Robbin Pearce.
Approval of Minutes – Minutes for both March and April were approved; each with corrections.
Welcome Guests – Arlen Gregoria was in attendance to hear Planning Action 2002-047 – Rogue Place.
1.Planning Action 2002-046 Billings Ranch Golf Group. The following comment from the Outline Plan was not addressed and is repeated here: 1. The railroad edge plants should be kept low in order to encourage safety. And, the Tree Commission would also like to add: * the hedge along the railroad tracks is not a continuous hedge and should have varied heights and breaks with a variety of plant material. And, this is a great opportunity to plant some ‘different’ plant material not necessarily from the Recommended Street Tree List. Looking down on this treescape from North Main Street and the railroad tracks could present a unique opportunity for diversity. The Tree Commission is open to options. The following comment from the Outline Plan was not addressed and is repeated here: 4. Big Leaf Maple could get leaf scorch out in the open alone. They should be mixed with other wetland species including evergreens. And, the Tree Commission would also like to add: If you are choosing to use Big Leaf Maples alone start with smaller trees for better success: 1: rather than 2". Additional comments include: *Agapanthus will freeze out. *Both Buddelias and Mahonia will be maintenance issues as groundcover in the parkrow. And as commented before: * Parkrow planting should not exceed vison clearance height.
2. Planning Action 2003-047 (Rogue Place/Falcon) 1. Submit details of plant materials for the gabions. 2. Pinus contorda is highly susceptile to pitchmoth stress. 3. With the intent of large canopy trees on this street there will need to be a separate treatment for the large canopy trees if there is a reduction of tree wells from 6 x 6 to 4 x 4 specifically the Ash and Red Maple: *a true 4 foot hole must be developed with 12 inch rootbarriers installed at all four perimeter edges. *This hole shuld include a soil base that will draw the roots and hold the sidewalk. *Details should be submitted by a design professional and approved by City staff. * This entire installation should be inspected by City staff prior to Certificate of Occupancy.
3. Planning Action 2003-035 McAllister *Does any plant material exist in the proposed building expansion area which will be removed. *All planting and irrigation proposals should be according to minimum standards *Street trees should be planted in the parkrow - one tree for every 30 feet of street frontage. Selection shoule be made from the Recommended Street Tree list and approved by staff advisor prior to installation. *Irrigation design should be submitted prior to issuance of the building permit. *What plant material is proposed for the rear west ‘planterstrip’? *What is the proposed parking area surface? *The walnut to remain by the parking area should be protected during construction based on the Tree Protection Ordinance 18.61.
Other – 1. Staff reported scholarships were available from ODF for ODF events.
Adjournment – Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm