|Decision making criteria||Description|
|Criterion 1: Death||The heritage tree is dead.
|Criterion 2: Tree risk rating
||The condition of heritage tree poses a high or extreme risk rating under the International Society of Arboriculture Best Management Practices.
|Criterion 3: Tree health rating||The heritage tree is (a) dying or has a severe disease, pest infestation, intolerance to adverse site conditions, or (b) likely to die within a year.
|Criterion 4: Species
||The heritage tree has been designated as invasive or low species desirability.
|Criterion 5: Development
||The heritage tree interferes with (a) proposed development, repair, alteration, or improvement of a site or (b) the heritage tree is causing/contributing to structural damage to a habitable building. There is no financially feasible and reasonable design alternative that would permit preservation of the heritage tree.
|Criterion 6: Utility Inference
||The removal is requested by a utility, public transportation agency, or other governmental agency due to a health or safety risk resulting from the heritage tree’s interference with existing or planned public infrastructure. There is no financially feasible and reasonable design alternative that would permit preservation of the heritage tree.
The city arborist will review the application and the arborist report, visit the property and evaluate the tree and related conditions on the property. Applicants are encouraged to mark trees requested for removal with a yellow ribbon to facilitate the site visit for the city arborist and other city staff. Once the city arborist visits the property, he will either approve or deny a permit or request further review by staff. He/she may request relevant documentation from the applicant to determine whether removal is justified.
For non-development related permit applications, notices are not required to be posted on the tree.
For development-related permit applications, the permit applicants are responsible for posting City-issued notices on or near the tree, stating the reasons for tree removal (or heavy pruning). Staff will mail notices to property owners and residents within 300 feet surrounding the applicant’s property.If the city arborist approves the permit, and there are no written appeals of his decision, a permit will be issued to the owner of the property. If the permit is approved, a copy of it must be in possession of the tree company on-site during the tree work. If further review of the application and comments are required, staff will strive to issue a decision in a reasonable period.
|Decision making criteria||Who can appeal||Appealing body|
|Criterion 1, 2, 3, or 4||Permit applicant||City manager or his/her designee|
|Criterion 5, or 6||Any community member (residents and property owners)||Environmental Quality Commission and City Council
|Planning Commission- related projects||Any community member||Environmental Quality Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council|