October 1, 2008

New Look at Pasadena Tree Ordinance

By Janette Williams

PASADENA - Possible revisions to the city's 2002 tree protection ordinance, including regulations on private property, will be up for discussion on Monday, and the community is being invited to weigh in.

A public workshop hosted by the city's Design Commission will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.

Homeowners, developers, arborists, architects, boards and commissions, neighborhood organizations and community groups are asked to join in this assessment.

Since it was adopted six years ago, city officials said, hundreds of trees have been saved through regulatory review of requests to remove public trees and protected native, specimen, and landmark trees; the ordinance has also led to an extensive planting of replacement trees.

The meeting will begin with a summary of the current ordinance and will allow for discussion on a variety of issues surrounding trees on private property.

A future meeting will include developing specific recommendations to improve the ordinance.

Updates, meeting notices, progress reports and background research can be found at cityofpasadena.net/treeprotection. The city also has an online public comment form at cityofpasadena.net/ planningcomments.

For more information call (626) 744-4342.

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