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Tree Commission Meeting

Minutes
Thursday, February 09, 2017

TREE COMMISSION MINUTES
February 9, 2017
 
CALL TO ORDER 
Chair Christopher John called the meeting to order at 6:04pm in the Siskiyou Room of the Community Development and Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way.
 
Commissioners Present:  Council Liaison:
Maureen Batistella    
Asa Cates Parks Liaison:
Christopher John   Peter Baughman
Mike Oxendine  
  Staff Present:
Commissioners Absent:   Cory Darrow, Assistant Planner
Russell Neff         

APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
 
Oxendine/Cates m/s to approve the minutes of December 8, 2016. Voice Vote: ALL AYES Commissioners Batistella, John, Oxendine, and Cates. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & LIAISON REPORTS
City Council Liaison: 
There has not been a Council Liaison appointed to this Commission as of yet so no report was given. 

Parks & Recreation Department Liaison:
Baughman gave the Parks and Recreation Department report. 

Staff Liaison:
Darrow gave the staff report, items included were:
• Wildfire Ordinance
• Council Update
• Arbor Week
 
PUBLIC FORUM
 
Mr. Gregg Trunnell, of 400 Clay Street in Ashland, presented the plaza restoration project, which involves the planting of new large stature trees.  Mr. Trunnell presented the Commission with the site plan of the proposed work (see exhibit A, attached).  The Commissioners took a vote and unanimously agreed to support the proposal as presented. 
 
Oxendine/Cates m/s to approve the planting of new large stature trees on the plaza.   Voice Vote: ALL AYES, Commissioners Batistella, John, Oxendine and Cates. 

TYPE I REVIEWS
 
PLANNING ACTION: PA-2016-02114 
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 556 B Street
APPLICANT/OWNER: Jamie & David Kaufman
DESCRIPTION: A request for a Site Design Review to allow for the construction of a 485.5 square foot detached accessory resident unit (ARU) on the subject property. The proposed structure will also include a two vehicle garage. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Low Density Multiple-Family Residential; ZONING: R-2; ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 09 AB; TAX LOT: 7500.

 
Darrow gave the staff report for PA-2016-02114.
 
Jaime Kaufman, applicant, residing at 556 B Street addressed the Commission regarding their project.    Ms. Kaufman noted that the neighbors located at 586 B Street (whom do not live at the residence) would be willing to mitigate the tree if it shows decline. 
 
After a discussion the Commissioners made the following motion.
 
Oxendine made a request, to be put on the record, that the Commission would prefer applicants to list species or types of trees to be removed on their applications.  The Commission would like applicants to be as specific as possible.  Darrow stated that he would speak to senior staff regarding this issue. 
 
Oxendine/Cates m/s to approve PA-2016-02114 with the recommendation that the neighbors submit a letter acknowledging risk to the tree and applicant agrees to mitigate the loss if the tree shows decline within one year of construction.  Voice Vote, ALL AYES Commissioners Batistella, John, Oxendine and Cates.
 
PLANNING ACTION: PA-2017-00071                                       
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 549 B Street
APPLICANT: Robert Lombardi
DESCRIPTION: A request to approve a dying and potentially hazardous Fir tree from the front of a multi-family property. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Multi-family Residential; ZONING: R-2; ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 09 AB; TAX LOT #: 6301 / 6303.

 
Darrow gave the staff report for PA-2017-00071. 
 
There was no applicant present.
 
After a discussion the Commissioners made the following motion.
Oxendine/Cates m/s to approve PA-2016-00071 with the recommendation that a mitigation tree be planted on site.  Voice Vote, ALL AYES Commissioners Batistella, John, Oxendine and Cates.
 
PLANNING ACTION: PA-2016-02311         
SUBJECT PROPERTY: 590 Glenview Drive
APPLICANT: Kerry Kencairn Landscape Architecture
OWNER: Marilyn Briggs
DESCRIPTION: A request for a Physical & Environmental Constraints Review Permit for the development of a single-family residence, and removal of one tree within the proposed building envelope, on hillside lands for the property located at 590 Glenview Drive. Also included is a request for a variance to exceed the maximum lot coverage and an Exception to the Development Standards for Hillside Lands is requested to allow a horizontal wall in excess of 36 feet without the requisite six-foot offset. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Woodland Residential; ZONING: WR; ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 16 BB; TAX LOT: 1100.  

 
Darrow gave the staff report for PA-2016-02311.
 
There was no applicant present.
 
After a discussion the Commissioners made the following motion.
 
Cates/John m/s to approve PA-2016-02311 as presented. Voice Vote, ALL AYES Commissioners Batistella, Oxendine, Cates and John.
 
DISCUSSION
 
Street Tree Revisions
The Commission agreed that Darrow would send a copy of the Medford Street tree guide for each of them to review and they would arrive early to upcoming meetings to discuss adopting a new street tree guide for Ashland.
 
ADJOURNMENT
The next meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2017. There being no other items to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m. 
 
Respectfully submitted by,
Regan Trapp

 

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