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Meeting

Minutes
Thursday, December 03, 2009

ASHLAND TREE COMMISSION

MINUTES

December 3, 2009

 

CALL TO ORDER – Co-Chair Zane Jones called the Ashland Tree Commission meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. on December 3, 2009 in the Siskiyou Room in the Community Development and Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland, OR.

 

Commissioners Present

Council Liaison

Zane Jones

Kate Jackson - absent

Casey Roland

 

Kerry KenCairn

Staff Present

 

Amy Gunter, Assistant Planner

 

Anne Rich, Parks Department

 

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

November 5, 2009 Tree Commission Minutes –   KenCairn / Rowland m/s to approve the minutes of November 5, 2009. Voice vote: all AYES, Motion passed.  The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

WELCOME GUESTS

None

 

TYPE I REVIEW

PLANNING ACTIONS:  2009-01483                                               

SUBJECT PROPERTY: 44 Second Street

APPLICANT:                       Trinity Parish

DESCRIPTION:  A request for a Tree Removal Permit approval for a hazard tree located at 44 Second Street. The tree is located at the northwest corner of the building near the Labyrinth.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION:  Commercial; ZONING: C-1-D; ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 09 BD; TAX LOT: 3600 & 3700

 

Recommendation:  That a 1 ˝ - inch caliper deciduous tree that will achieve equal or greater size at maturity shall be planted on the property within one year.

 

PLANNING ACTIONS:  2009-01431                                               

SUBJECT PROPERTY:     377 Lantern Hill

APPLICANT:                       Kerry KenCairn for Stephen Shekhar

DESCRIPTION:  A request for a Modification of the Tree Protection and Preservation Plan approved as part of Planning Action 2008-01843, Physical and Environmental Constraints Review Permit for Hillside Development. The excavation of the foundation for the new addition to the single-family residence compromised the root structure of a inch DBH Douglas Fir tree that was originally proposed for preservation as part of that plan. The tree is located to the south of the building that is currently under construction.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION:  Rural Residential; ZONING: RR-.5; ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 08DD; TAX LOT: 910

 

Recommendation: No additional comments or conditions of approval.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Tree City USA Application

The Tree City USA application is due in Salem on December 15. All departments have reported and the City should be able to qualify for a Tree City USA Growth Award application because of Anne Rich’s completion of Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI).

 

 

 

Plaque Installation at ScienceWorks Bald Cypress

The plaque provided by the State of Oregon honoring the Bald Cypress as one of the 150 trees planted in honor of     Oregon’s Sesquicentennial will be installed on Earthday in April, 2010. 

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Tree Resolution – “Standard Fee per Caliper Inch”

                The Commission has been working towards having the language in the Tree Protection and Preservation section of 18.61; 18.61.084.C [Payment in lien of planting], 18.61.130.B [Enforcement Fee] & 18.61.130.C [Restoration Fee] adopted by resolution. The “standard fee per caliper inch” language needed to be set. The Commission reviewed ‘fees per caliper inch’ from various communities around the country. Some communities have complex formulas based on a base fee and then assessment of the trees health, age, size, and ‘value’. Most communities have set fee of $100 to $150 per caliper inch. The Commission discussed having a higher value for hardwoods vs. softwoods or for specific species but for ease of implementation they determined one number would be best. Based on the ‘standard fees’ they researched, $150 was the chosen amount.  

 

ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS

Liaison Reports:

Council: Councilor Kate Jackson spoke about the City Council working towards establishing classes of offenses. The various types of code violations would lead to a class of fines so that not all offenses would result in court cases but would be payable by a fine.

 

Parks: Anne Rich spoke about her experience going to CTMI and her project that is required as the ‘capstone’.  Anne used a program called I-Trees where she inventoried trees in the downtown and the program found the value of those trees both environmentally and finically.

 

Croman Advisory Committee Meeting (CAC): No report

 

Current Balance - $ 590.00

 

ADJOURNMENT - Commissioner Jones adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted by Amy Gunter, Assistant Planner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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