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March Minutes

Thursday, March 07, 2013

March 7, 2013
CALL TO ORDER –Ashland Tree Commission meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on March 7, 2013, in the Siskiyou Room in the Community Development and Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland, Oregon.
Commissioners Present Council Liaison
Ken Schmidt Greg Lemhouse - Absent
Tracy Peddicord  
Tom Myers Staff Present
Casey Roland Michael Pina, Assistant Planner
Russ Neff Anne Thayer, Parks Horticulturist
Peddicord motioned, Roland seconded the approval of the February 7, 2013 regular meeting minutes.
No guests.
PLANNING ACTION:        PA-2013-00185                                 
SUBJECT PROPERTY:     231 Glenview
APPLICANT:                       Vadim Agakhanov
DESCRIPTION:                   A request for Physical and Environmental Constraints Review Permit approval to construct a single-family home and detached garage on slopes greater than 25 percent for the property at 231 Glenview Drive.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Single-family Residential; ZONING: R-1-7.5; ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 09BC; TAX LOTS: 7701 & 7702
Planner: Michael        Tree? Yes.      Historic? No
Piña presented the staff report. Site visits were conducted by all. The tree survey indicates 50 trees having a Diameter at Breast Height (D.B.H) of six inches or greater, the majority of which are Oak, Pine, and Cedar trees scattered throughout the property. The application proposes to remove 24 trees within the building foot print and driveway area, and two within the right of way. Four of the 50 trees are considered significant trees, and none of which are proposed to be removed. The Commission noted that a proposed retaining wall is within a few feet of tree #21, a 22-inch DBH Ponderosa Pine Tree, and that the tree protection fencing is inadequate for that side of the tree. After discussing protection fencing with the applicant, the Commission recommended extending the tree protection fencing further out to protect the tree, and have an arborist on-site during excavation within the protection. Twenty-three trees consisting of Vine and Japanese Maples, Flowering Dogwoods, Cascara trees are propped to be planted both within the retaining wall section, and along natural areas. The Commission also asked the applicant why native trees were not proposed as mitigation trees. The applicant responded that due to the many established trees on the subject and adjacent properties, the lot receives very little sun, and some native varieties will have a difficult time become established. Therefore utilizing smaller, ornamental trees will establish the terraced areas for the purposes of erosion control.
PLANNING ACTION:        PA-2013-00236                                  
SUBJECT PROPERTY:     620 North Mountain Street
APPLICANT:                       City of Ashland Parks            
DESCRIPTION:                   A request for Physical and Environmental Constraints (P&E) Permit for a five-year Maintenance Plan to remove hazardous trees along the Bear Creek and Beach Creek Riparian Corridor.
ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 04DA; 04DD TAX LOTS #: 300 & 3000; 100
Piña presented the staff report. Ann Thayer, Parks Horticulturist and Arborist, reminded the Commission that the Parks Dept. went through a similar action last year in Lithia Park along Ashland Creek. In both North Mountain park and in Riverwalk, the Parks Dept. is a large property owner along Bear Creek, and are held to the same riparian restrictions as private property owners in accordance with both 18.62 and 18.63. Under a “standard” Tree Removal process, the Parks Department would need to apply for each tree removal permit individually, and work within certain time constraints to protect both the riparian edge and wildlife. By identifying the number of hazard trees that is anticipated to be removed within a five-year period, the Parks Dept. would comply with the Physical and Environmental Constraints chapter in reducing the potential hazard of falling trees that could block the culverts or harming persons within the park. The Commission briefly discussed the proposal and recommended approving the action as submitted.      
The Commission discussed upcoming Arbor week events and identified Garfield Park as the location to plant three new trees after the park structure was replaced. In addition, the Tree of the Year winner is the Oak tree at 1209 Iowa Street. Staff will work on notifying the property owner, submit a plaque order, and draft up a press release.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Michael Piña, Assistant Planner

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