Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda

The City Council on Friday will consider a long-anticipated proposed ordinance designed to extend greater protection to mature trees in San Marino, including during construction projects.
Commissioned in May after a lengthy discussion, the proposal is expected to improve the manner in which the public is notified of planned tree removals, substantially increase fines for various infractions, modify the appeal process, establish new parameters for permitting the removal of trees and extend the historic landmark designation to trees.
The proposal comes before the City Council after the Planning Commission reviewed and made modifications to the draft ordinance. The updated version can be viewed in its entirety on the city’s website, in the agenda posting.
In addition to holding a first reading of the ordinance, which will include public comment and an opportunity for council members to make any modifications before they hold a second hearing and vote next month, the City Council also will take up an urgency ordinance that will put the provisions immediately into effect in the meantime.
The City Council also will hear a presentation of the third-quarter crime report from Police Chief John Incontro and discuss roles and responsibilities of council liaisons to other city organizations. There will be a closed session for a conference on anticipated litigation and also for the evaluation of City Manager Marcella Marlowe and City Attorney Steven Flower.
To see the full agenda, visit cityofsanmarino.org/agendacenter. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and will take place in the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library.

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