Thursday, February 5, 2009

These Trees Don't Count

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 1, 2007. Corner of Allesandro & Sunflower/Rosebud, it depends on which side of the street you're on. Rosebud was moved for freeway construction. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

All of the trees on the corner of Sunflower and Allesandro do not count among the approximately 60 significant and native trees that will be removed if a developer's plans to subdivide the three 1-acre Semi-Tropic Spiritualists' Tract lots.

In City Planning-speak, a "significant" tree has a trunk diameter of 8" or more. So most of the trees in the above photo will NOT count among those taken out for the development. Thus, none of those trees were taken into consideration during environmental review of the proposed subdivision, but will be removed nonetheless.

The very significant 38" trunk diameter pine tree only has to be replaced with one tree that will not reach the same size in our lifetimes. The California black walnut and coast live oak are supposed to be replaced at higher ratios according to the City's Protected Tree Ordinance. However, City Planning staff can't seem to cite the correct ordinance in the conditions for approval of the subdivision and zone change.