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Tree Commission Regular Meeting

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Tree Commission Minutes
December 3, 2015
 
CALL TO ORDER 
6:00 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room of the Community Development and Engineering Services building located at 51 Winburn Way.
 
Commissioners Council Liaison
Ken Schmidt Carol Voisin 
Gregg Trunnell Staff
Casey Roland Zechariah Heck, Staff Liaison
Maureen Battistella Pete Baughman, Parks Liaison
Russell Neff  
Christopher John (absent)  
Mike Oxendine  
 
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
Trunnell/Neff m/s to approve November 5, 2015 regular meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously.   
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & LIAISON REPORTS
  • City Council Liaison
  • Parks & Recreation Liaison
  • Community Development Liaison
Brandon Goldman, Senior Planner, asked the Commission if they would be willing to meet for a Study Session on a proposed update to the Wildfire Lands ordinance. The Commissioners agreed to meet on December 10, 2015 at 6PM in the Siskiyou Room. 
 
PUBLIC FORUM 
Nobody from the audience provided public comments.
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-01892                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       432 Wimer Street
APPLICANT:                         Advantage Building and Design
OWNER:                                Steven and Wendy Clouse
DESCRIPTION:                    A request for Physical and Environmental Constraints Review and Exceptions to Hillside Design Standards and Street Standards in order to construct a single family residence. The proposal includes a request to remove 11 trees.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Single Family Residential; ZONING: R-1-10; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 05CD; TAX LOTS: 502.
 
Commissioners Trunnell/Roland m/s/ to recommend approval of the application as submitted, with the following recommendations. The motion was passed unanimously.  
 
  1. That an on-site arborist to oversee excavation near tree labeled as #2 on the tree inventory. If any roots are located near an excavation cut, they shall be cut cleanly by a qualified arborist.
  2. That mitigation, or payment in lieu, is required for removals of trees listed as being in Fair, Good, or Excellent condition in the tree inventory plan.
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-01987                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       0 Morton Street
OWNER/APPLICANT:         Charlie Hamilton/Suncrest Homes
DESCRIPTION:                    A request for a Physical and Environmental Constraints Review permit and Variance to lot coverage in order to construct a single family residence. The proposed building footprint may impact trees on the site. However, no tree removals are requested.        
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Low Density Residential; ZONING: RR-.5; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 16AC; TAX LOTS: 442.
 
Commissioners Neff/Schmidt m/s/ to recommend approval of the application as submitted, with the following recommendations. The motion was passed unanimously.  
  1. That all recommendations prescribed in the submitted arborist report application are followed. 
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-02071                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       219 Granite Street
OWNER/APPLICANT:         Len Eisenberg  
DESCRIPTION:                    A request for Site Design Review and a Variance to lot coverage in order to construct a single family residence and detached Accessory Residential Unit. The site has several trees that will be impacted by the applicantís proposal. However, no tree removal permits have been requested because the trees to be removed are too small to be regulated.        
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Single Family Residential; ZONING: R-1-10; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 08DA; TAX LOTS: 900.
 
Commissioners Trunnell/Oxendine m/s/ to recommend approval of the application as submitted, with the following recommendations. The motion was passed unanimously.  
  1. That a tree protection plan is submitted for Tree Commission review before building permit issuance. 
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-02202                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       111 Third Street
APPLICANT:                         Kerry Kencairn
OWNER:                                Don and Elizabeth Olson
DESCRIPTION:                    A request to remove a 23-inch diameter at breast height Douglas-fir (psuedotsuga menziesii) to accommodate a grade correction for the historic house on the property.  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Multi-family Residential; ZONING: R-2; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 09BA; TAX LOTS: 8800.
 
There was confusion at the meeting whether a tree removal permit is necessary for the proposed removal because the applicant submitted a tree removal permit and Staff identified the house as being a multi-family residence, thus requiring a permit. However, at the meeting, the applicant mentioned the house is a single family residence, which would not require a permit. The Commission proceeded as if a permit would be required and made the following recommendation.
 
The Tree Commission recommends denial of the application as submitted for the following reasons:  
  1. More information should be obtained to substantiate the contractorís statement in the application. Such information should address:
    1. A root crown excavation by hand that will determine if the tree is affecting the foundation of the house.
    2. If a different drainage design is possible that would drain water away from house and alleviate the applicantís concern without requiring the tree to be removed.
2)The arborist report in the application states the tree is healthy and should be preserved.
 
TYPE II REVIEWS
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-01856                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       229 W. Hersey St.
OWNER/APPLICANT:         RW Signature Properties LLC
DESCRIPTION:                    A request for Site Design Review approval to construct 11 multi-family residential units for the property located at 229 West Hersey Street.   Also included are requested for an Exception to Street Standards to construct a five-foot sidewalk and five-foot bio-swale parkrow where a six-foot sidewalk and seven-foot parkrow planting strip are required, and a Tree Removal Permit to remove three trees greater than six-inches in diameter at breast height (d.b.h.).    
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: High Density Multi-Family Residential; ZONING: R-3; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 04CC; TAX LOT: #9900.
 
Commissioners Trunnell/Schmidt m/s/ to recommend approval of the application as submitted, with the following recommendations. The motion was passed unanimously.  
 
PLANNING ACTION:           PA-2015-02038                                                
SUBJECT PROPERTY:       85 Winburn Way
APPLICANT:                         Carlos Delgado, Architect
OWNER:                                Bryan & Stephanie DeBoer
DESCRIPTION:                    A request for a Physical and Environmental Constraints Review Permit for the development of Hillside Lands with Severe Constraints to allow the construction of a single family residence on the property located at 85 Winburn Way.  The application includes requests for an Exception to the Development Standards for Hillside Lands (18.3.10.090.B Hillside Grading & Erosion Control) to allow structural retaining walls along the west side of the property to exceed seven feet in height and for Tree Removal Permits.  18 of the siteís 21 trees are proposed for removal, including three significant trees 18-inches or more in diameter which require Tree Removal Permits.    
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Single Family Residential; ZONING: R-1-7.5; ASSESSORíS MAP: 39 1E 09 BC; TAX LOT: 3000.
 
Commissioners Oxendine/Neff m/s/ to recommend approval of the application as submitted, with the following recommendations. The motion was passed unanimously.
 
NEW BUSINESS/ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS
Commissioner Schmidt announced his resignation from the Commission.
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS
  • Development Standards for Wildfire Lands ordinance amendments
  • Tree of the Year Announcement Staff liaison Heck informed the Commission the decision was postponed due to troubles with counting votes.
    • Tree of the Year process 
  • Arbor Day 2016
  • Street Tree Guide
 
ADJOURNMENT
Next Meeting:  January 7, 2015
 
 
Respectfully submitted by Zechariah Heck. 

 

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