Ashland Tree Commission
July 8, 2004
|I.||0||Call to Order: Chair Ted Loftus called the Ashland Tree
Commission meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. on July 8, 2004 at the Siskiyou
Room in the Community Development/Engineering Services Building at 51 Winburn
|II.||Approval of Minutes: Holley/Sager m/s to approve the minutes of June 3, 2004 as presented. Voice vote: All AYES, Motion passed.|
|III.||Welcome Guests & Public Forum:
Margaret Dole introduced herself. She said she has lived here for a year and was attending because she is curious about what the Tree Commission does.
A staff report was given and members of the Tree Commission asked several questions regarding the possibility of leaving the berm and trees in space along the frontage of future building sites, storm drainage and the use of a bioswale, and the absence of an irrigation plan. JoAnne Krippaehne, Madronna Architecture, 520 Terrace Street, the project architect of record, represented the applicant. She described the project to the Tree Commission including that there are 13 trees six inches diameter at breast height (dbh) located on a berm along the front of the six acre site that are proposed for removal. There was a discussion with Krippaehne regarding the timing of the development of the vacant building areas at the north and south end of the parcel adjacent to the street and the timing of the removal of the berm and associated trees. There was a clarification that 26 trees are being installed as street trees, and that 23 of the trees are required as street trees and parking area trees. There was a discussion of the row of Leland Cypress planted along the north side of the building adjacent to the railroad right-of-way, the appropriate plantings and spacing, and of fire hazard issues. There was a discussion of the lawn area shown as groundcover in the planting strip in the Mistletoe right-of-way.
There was no other testimony received for or against the proposal. Loftus closed the public hearing and the Tree Commission further discussed the proposal. The Tree Commission recommended approval of the project with the following specific recommendations.
2. Soil for Parkrow - Use topsoil at least two feet in depth. Do not use fill from site because past use has interspersed concrete in the soil, and the concrete increases the ph of soil making it unsuitable for trees.
3. Lawn in Parkrow - Consider drought tolerant ground cover instead of lawn. Plant material should not be planted up to base of tree.
4. Recommend Incense Cedar, Bakers Cypress or Arizona Cypress instead of Leland Cypress in planter adjacent to railroad row. Do not plant as a hedge row, incorporate and intersperse a variety of plant material.
5. Emerald Green Arborvitae, Thuja Smarago along east side of parking area behind building A & B needs a lot of water, may not do well in this setting.
The recommendation was read back to the Tree Commission by Staff, and all members acknowledged that they were in agreement with the items as presented.
|VI.||Items from Commissioners
|VII.||Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9: 29p.m.|
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